Jon Ossoff ran for the House Seat in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District almost entirely on an “anti-Trump” platform. He got the media’s attention, as well as Hollywood’s, garnering over $8 million to spend on his intense TV campaign. He gave a stirring speech to his supporters even before the election results were tallied, “There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. We fight on, we have defied the odds. We have shattered expectations.”
But the young candidate failed to reach the 50% margin needed to win the election for the House Congressional seat that has been filled by a Republican for the last 40 years. He will face the number two opponent, Karen Handel, in a June 20th runoff. Handel is the former Georgia Secretary of State. While Ossoff was able to gain 48% of the vote as one of just a few Democrats running, Handel was joined by 11 other Republican rivals. She finished with 20% of the vote, comfortably ahead of her nearest opponent, technology executive, Bob Gray, with 11%. “We are going to rally around Karen Handel,” Gray tweeted. “We wish her Godspeed.”
The campaign to fill the void left when Tom Price became President Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary will begin afresh. There’s no doubt that Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, will take up the mantle of his anti-Trump platform and continue to receive national support. In fact, 97% of his contributions came from outside of the state. His victory would serve as a sign of what the Democratic party wants to see happen across the nation in the 2018 midterm elections.
The GOP will rally around their declared hero, Handel. They will continue to hit Ossoff hard for living outside of the district he is running to represent. He could not even vote for himself. They will declare that he will increase taxes and take away guns.
“These liberal Democrats failed to inspire voters with a candidate who couldn’t even vote for himself, received 97 percent of his donations from outside the district, and consistently lied about his own weak resume,” the Republican National Committee said in a statement.
The President himself has been involved in this Georgia House election. He recorded a phone message calling Republicans to get out and vote; and after the election the president tweeted, “Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
Do you think the Democrats can take this seat after 40 years of Republicans, including Newt Gingrich, have occupied it?
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