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Apr 20 2017 by Alex Thomas
An Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in the Republican-controlled House but could weaken Trump's already shaky hold on his party there by encouraging those in competitive districts to distance themselves from him.
Mr Ossoff and his campaign also adopted the slogan "Make Trump Furious" and analysts saw the Democrat's strong showing as evidence of the unpopularity of the US President during his early days in office.
She credited Trump with helping get out the vote and vowed, "I will prevail".
CAMEROTA: I mean, very quickly, President Trump only won there by one percentage point. Trump's comments Monday morning appear to be suggesting that Georgia's election is a non-story, but the election in Kansas suggests otherwise. Or just a minor setback for Republicans, who can still hold the seat in the June runoff?
Special elections will hold particular importance for Democrats this year, as Republicans now control both the House and Senate.
However, just as former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had the most money and celebrity influence but fell just short of victory, so did Ossoff.
"We have a lot of wind at our back". And Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the conservative Republican tapped by Trump to dismantle Obamacare, represented the district for another dozen years.
The thinking: If a Democrat could win the so-called jungle primary outright by scoring more than 50 percent of the vote in a crowded field of 16, anti-Trump forces would have sent a powerful message not only to the president, but also to Republicans more generally.
Shortly after Trump's tweet, Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said he had not given up on reviving a plan to repeal Obamacare, despite many Republicans signaling that they were moving on to tax reform. "We all have to rise above it - that it is about the district that has a long legacy of Republican leadership".
Ossoff has pitched himself as a check on Trump and an opponent to Washington gridlock.
Handel moved quickly to unite her fractured party, drawing immediate endorsements from some of her fellow GOP candidates and national party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Ossoff was backed by major Democratic PACs and raised $8.3 million this quarter, mostly from outside groups.
Ossoff was one of three Jews - another Democrat and a Republican - running Tuesday.
On the Republican side, the two candidates are Ed Henry, a Alabama state representative, and Luther Strange, former Alabama attorney general who is now serving as senator from Alabama; he is running to permanently win the seat that he was appointed to temporarily. Werner reported from Washington.