What happens next in the high-stakes Georgia runoff

Rebecca Barbier
Abril 21, 2017

It is not known why, but Trump took to Twitter, of course, to say his political party had won hours before the race was called.

Outside groups poured millions into the nationally-watched contest, which was widely viewed as an early indicator of Trump's popularity as he closed out his first 100 days in office. If he had gotten another 4,000 votes there wouldn't have been a runoff. Add to that the mainstream media's obsession with any new shiny object that represents anything anti-Trump, and Mr. Ossoff was practically coronated as the new face of the Democratic resistance before the first vote was cast.

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a runoff for a greater Atlanta congressional seat with national implications. That doesn't guarantee that polls for the June runoff will be almost as predictive. Coming in second place was Republican former Secretary of State Karen Handel with 19 percent. Judson Hill. Polls showed the GOP leaders closely bunched together, though Handel was considered a slight favorite.

The move by Ryan - one of the most powerful Republicans in government - to insert himself into a special election in a GOP district speaks volumes about how anxious Republicans are about this race.

"BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia".

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But Trump's deep unpopularity with college-educated white voters - and growing populations of Asians and Hispanics in the area - meant he won the district by less than 2 percentage points last fall, after Mitt Romney carried it by 23 points in 2012.

Democrats mostly consolidated support behind Ossoff, a 30-year-old filmmaker and former congressional aide. With the slogan "Make Trump Furious", he aims to galvanize opposition to a president struggling with low approval ratings.

But he received tremendous support from national Democrats who saw the race as an early bellwether of how the party will do in the 2018 mid-term elections. And I agree, it's a Republican seat, it's an uphill battle for the Democrat. "But we've got some real wind at our back at every level". But the crowded field, which included 11 Republicans, gave Ossoff a change to rise above the fray. The attacks, Democrats concede, slowed Ossoff's momentum.

He published a similar message last week, after Republicans were forced to scramble to win a congressional special election in a ruby-red Kansas district.

In order to do so, the party will have to capture at least 25 Republican seats, an endeavor that could lead through a district like Georgia's 6th - where voters have traditionally leaned Republican, but are not sold on the president's agenda.

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