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Why Are Republicans So Scared Of Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff?

20 April 2017, 10:54 | Justin Tyler

The historically Republican seat had previously been held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He also raised more than $8 million from party donors keen to send a message to Trump and the Republican Party at large ahead of the 2018 midterm elections - which will take place if Trump's approval rating continues to go down.

For U.S. President Donald Trump, an off-year congressional election on Tuesday in the reliably Republican northern suburbs of Atlanta could spell trouble if a Democratic upstart pulls off a surprise victory.

"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support & eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia", Trump tweeted. "Glad to be of help!" he wrote late on Tuesday. GOP State Treasurer Ron Estes earlier this month defeated Democrat James Thompson by 6 points in a race for the 4th Congressional District seat in Kansas.

Democrats should rejoice. A pro-choice Democrat just forced a runoff in a dark red district in the South, despite a last-minute assault by President Donald Trump.

The President won the district by less than 2 percentage points last fall after Mitt Romney carried it by 23 points in 2012, and Ossoff's showing largely mirrored Hillary Clinton's near-win in the district.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel was following Ossoff as of press time with 18.1 percent of the vote, or 25,934 votes. Indeed, Ossoff ended up winning over 60 percent of the early vote that was reported Tuesday night, and there was speculation on Twitter for a bit that he would win Round 1 outright.

Ossoff hopes to win an outright majority in Tuesday's vote, a "jungle primary" with all 18 candidates from both parties on the same ballot. Republican campaigners painted Ossoff as a political novice who does not live in the area he aims to represent.

Republicans believe a two-candidate scenario will benefit them in a district that has been in Republican hands since 1978. She did not embrace President Trump during the campaign, but took a congratulatory call from him and said she would accept a visit to the White House.

While Democrats can savor the moral victory of almost snatching a seat outright in a Republican stronghold, they will need to translate anti-Trump fury and substantial fundraising into concrete ballot-box results if they are to mount a viable comeback.

Reliable Republican voters in this affluent enclave were tuning out, turned off by their party's candidates, who were bickering among themselves as they scrambled for a spot in the presumed runoff.

"Every single vote Jon Ossoff receives is a rebuke of Trump from within GA-06".

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