Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Georgia run-off sets new test for President Trump

Georgia run-off sets new test for President Trump

"They were ringing my phone off the hook", said Kim Fambro, 45, who said the outreach convinced her to vote for Ossoff. "Karen Handel (R) is pro-life and Jon Ossoff (D) supports abortion for any reason". "Bring it on!" he said.

What Handel told the crowd is getting major buzz Wednesday morning.

Democrats still have an opportunity to flip the district in the June 20 runoff, but it will be a tall order now that Republicans can put their full might behind a single candidate.

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. But the hard work isn't over yet.

The press secretary pointed to the fact that Ossoff was the only serious Democrat who ran while more than a dozen Republicans threw their hat in the ring. He'll face veteran GOP candidate and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff.

Democrats have a decision to make.

In an email early Wednesday morning, Ossoff confirmed he is moving on to the runoff election, "This is already a remarkable victory". "We have shattered expectations".

"The Democratic base is totally engaged, totally fired up, and anybody that thinks that is going to go away I think is whistling past the political graveyard", Cole said. Should they keep plowing millions into this race? "This comes down to grassroots intensity".

"And to the actors and the liberal elitists in Washington and Hollywood, those that want to have a debate about values, a debate about, say, women's health care".

Democrats should rejoice. A pro-choice Democrat just forced a runoff in a dark red district in the South, despite a last-minute assault by President Donald Trump.

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted, referring to last week's congressional race in a Wichita suburb where the Democrat fell short of an upset. "Glad to be of help!" he tweeted.

Reporters asked Handel about the impact of President Trump's involvement. Is the President planning to campaign for the Republican challenger there? "So of course he has a vested interest in making sure that a Republican holds the seat".

"Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan can't be feeling great right now".

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost pulled off a major upset win in a district comprising some of Atlanta's wealthiest, best-educated suburbs. "This president got 306 electoral votes", he explained. "The progressive energy out there is palpable".

Trump bested Hillary Clinton in Fulton County and Cobb County in the 2016 presidential election.

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