Democrats came up short on grabbing enough votes to win a special election on Tuesday in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, thus, forcing a run off election. The shortfall for Democrats comes despite the millions of dollars that poured in from out-of-state support and major media hype for upstart candidate Jon Ossoff.
Who wins the seat now rests on a June 20 run-off between Ossoff and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.
Ossoff took only 48 percent of the vote, not quite hitting the majority threshold required to win.
Meanwhile,Handel won 20 percent of Republican votes, finishing well ahead of technology executive Bob Gray, who received 11 percent of the vote, and former State Senators Judson Hill and Dan Moody, who each received 9 percent of the vote.
The winner of the runoff will take the seat once held by Tom Price. Rep. Price resigned to become President Trump’s health and human services secretary.
When he knew he would not win the race, Gray threw his support behind Handel, tweeting late Tuesday, “We are going to rally around Karen Handel. We wish her Godspeed.”
Democrats hoped that since Ossoff, who doesn’t even live in the Sixth Congressional District and was not eligible to vote for himself, was the only Democrat running, he could walk away with a victory. Ossoff is a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide whose opposition to President Trump was expected to translate into an outright victory that would have bolstered the confidence of Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.
Ossoff was the top pick to win out of the 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two independents running on the primary ballot. Prior to the election, the GOP blasted Ossoff for living outside the district.
“These liberal Democrats failed to inspire voters with a candidate who couldn’t even vote for himself, received 97 percent of his donations from outside the district, and consistently lied about his own weak resume,” stated the Republican National Committee.
Republican groups spent more than $2 million on ads that portrayed Ossoff as a conservative’s worst nightmare, and Trump did his part by tweeting encouraging messages and made a get-out-the-vote call, saying “”Liberal Democrats from outside of Georgia are spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican congressional seat away from you. Don’t let them do it.”
Early Wednesday Trump tweeted victoriously, “Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”
H/T: Fox News
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