Trump takes credit for blocking Democratic win in Georgia race
May 01 2017 by Maggie Morrison
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP-aligned Super PAC, and National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's political arm, spent millions of dollars attacking the Democrat in TV and digital ads.
Ossoff now faces a June 20 runoff with Republican Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State, who finished second in the all-parties primary.
Now that she's made the runoff, it's unclear how Handel will handle Trump. "We are going to be united from this point going forward". Great job Karen Handel!
President Donald Trumpsaid he was "glad to be of help" after a Democrat failed to win 50% of the vote in a Georgia election.
The outcome will not tip the balance of power in the Republican-controlled House.
Qualifying began on February 13 and concluded two days later as 18 candidates - 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two Independents - threw their respective hats in the ring. "I wouldn't use the word referendum", said spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The 30-year-old investigative filmmaker led the field of 18 candidates with 48.3 percent of the vote in Georgia's 6th District, held for decades by Republicans.
In reality, the Republican didn't win easily, Democrats didn't spend heavily, and no Dem predicted victory.
During today's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to provide the administration's thoughts on yesterday's special House election in Georgia's Sixth District.
"The reaction has been that they nearly won - no, they lost", Mr Spicer insisted. And Democratic leaders say they hope the energy he's stirred in the party's base will be a sign of things to come in next year's midterm elections.
On the strength of a solid majority of the 55,000 in-person early votes cast in the race, Ossoff was running slightly ahead of the 46.8 percent Hillary Clinton won in the district last November (itself a large increase over Barack Obama's 37.5 percent).
As for whether Trump will campaign with Handel, Spicer said: "We'll see if we're needed". He praises the grassroots organizers who he said are fueling support for his campaign and those of other Democrats considering mounting challenges in Trump-friendly territory.
The dinner at the Hyatt Regency downtown drew attention from big names in the party as they wanted to take part and rally support for Jon Ossoff. "And to do that, strangely enough, you have to govern". But he rejected any notion that he lost.
Meanwhile, Ossoff is celebrating his near victory.
The victor in Georgia will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned to join Trump's administration as health secretary.
The race was supposed to make headlines just in Georgia, but it captivated the entire country and attracted a list of celebrities including Debra Messing, Samuel L. Jackson, and Alyssa Milano who were out campaigning in force for Ossoff.