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Democrat Advances in Georgia's 'Trump Referendum' Special Election

27 April 2017

The election was for the seat vacated by Republican Tom Price - who won with almost 62 per cent of the vote past year - after United States President Donald Trump appointed him Secretary of Health and Human Services.

According to Politico, Ryan will hit the trail in an effort to stave off surging Democrat Jon Ossoff, who fell just two points shy of 50 percent in Tuesday's special election and managed to win the largest share of the vote for any Democrat in that district since it was established.

Ossoff ended the election night that had social media riveted with 48.1 percent of the vote; Handel limped away with 19.8 percent of the vote.

Gov. Nathan Deal has endorsed Karen Handel for the 6th District seat to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price, her campaign announced Thursday. "The kind of country we believe in", Ossoff told supporters Monday night, forgoing any mention of the president despite Trump attacking him on Twitter as a "super liberal" who wanted to raise taxes, protect criminals and allow illegal immigration.

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Republicans called Ossoff's showing a failure to buy the seat, noting that he spent more than $8 million, and predicted Handel will prevail in a one-on-one runoff June 20.

It's less than 100 days into President Donald Trump's tenure, and the newly minted commander-in-chief looks like he could be a serious drag on Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. While Gray, who bear-hugged Trump and co-opted his "drain the swamp" slogan took just under 11%.

The success of Ossoff's campaign has largely been viewed as a case of GOP buyer's remorse.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the 6th District offers the ideal setting for state and national Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.

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Simas says members of Congress from districts like Culberson's have some work to do, even if it's too early for them to be anxious.

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. "They came up short", Spicer said during Wednesday's briefing.

Having already endured several million in attacks from national Republican outfits, Ossoff said he's ready for more.

First, Republican voters in the district-a stretch of mostly well-heeled, white and well-educated Atlanta suburbs-were never wild about Mr Trump. Price had held the sixth-district seat for more than 10 years, reflecting the Republican Party's deep loyalty in Atlanta's northern communities.

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At the least, the results suggest Republicans have no easy answer for how to handle Trump in down-ballot races.