Handel Celebrates 6th District Results, Gets Ready For Runoff

Tuesday's election also narrowed the crowded field of eleven Republican candidates down to just one: moderate Republican Karen Handel, who is heavily favored to win in a district that hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1979. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th".

He slammed Republicans for their "dark money" and negative ads - Handel countered that most his funding came from outside the district, and reprised criticism that Ossoff doesn't even live in the Sixth District.

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. Vote tallies for the incredibly close race ran into the night as Ossoff told supporters the fight would go on if he did not secure the 50 percent+1 vote majority needed to win outright.

Looking ahead, Democrats are eyeing a special election Montana, where Bernie Sanders-aligned folk singer Rob Quist has won the party's nomination for the state-wide seat.

Mr Ossoff and Ms Handel will now participate in a June 20 runoff. "We got stuck with Trump", he said.

Mr Trump himself targeted Mr Ossoff with robocalls and a barrage of Twitter messages.

Ossoff netted 48.1 percent of the vote but did not become the clear victor of the race to fill the 6th Congressional District's House seat vacated by now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.

In Georgia, US Democrats have narrowly missed an opportunity to cause great upset to President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump had taken a keen interest in the race and said the result was a "BIG "R" win".

Ossoff was one of three Jews - another Democrat and a Republican - running Tuesday.

Last Tuesday it was a special election in Kansas where the Republican candidate did just enough to win. "I wouldn't use the word referendum", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding, "I think (Trump) hopes to have a Republican elected to that seat, and hopefully it will be someone to follow in Tom Price's footsteps and be a leader from that district". But for a first high-profile test of polling since the 2016 election, when surveys underestimated Donald Trump's support, Georgia 6 is not consistent with the idea that polling is broken, or that polls are systematically missing Republican support.

"This president won, got 306 electoral votes, won 30 of 50 states, over 2,600 counties". She added that when it comes to balancing the budget and repealing Obamacare, both Handel and Trump are for the people.

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