Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Nathan Deal endorses Karen Handel in Sixth District runoff. Again

Nathan Deal endorses Karen Handel in Sixth District runoff. Again

In second place in the special election, but lagging far behind with just under 20 percent of the vote, was Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state well known to voters.

A young Democratic Party candidate has come close to winning an outright victory for a US Congressional seat in a staunchly Republican district in Georgia, in an early sign of trouble for the ruling party in next year's mid-term elections.

But what Pelley failed to mention was that despite how much Ossoff was "the top vote getter", the Republican vote was dangerously split between 11 different candidates. Since he needed over 50 percent to win the election, he will now face leading Republican candidate Karen Handel in a run-off election in June.

Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are "failing". Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen.

A Georgia congressional election is headed to a high-stakes runoff that's shaping up as a referendum on President Donald Trump ahead of crucial midterm elections next year.

Trump jumped into the race in its final days with attacks on Twitter poking fun at Ossoff for not living in his own district and for attracting support from Hollywood celebrities.

It's strongly supported Republican presidential candidates, too, giving Mitt Romney a greater than 20-point win in 2012. "Glad to be of help!"

Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious".

"With all due respect to Karen, I think her record on women's health issues is lacking", Ossoff said.

Ossoff's failure to win the seat outright also highlights the ongoing problems with the Democratic Party. Ossoff's strong finish sends a strong message to the Republican Party that voters are already fed up with Trump's conflicts of interest and his lies.

"They ran to win last night and they lost", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters. "We have shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters Tuesday night before the race had been projected.

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.

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