Trump declares Georgia Democrats are 'failing'
He earned the most votes in the crowded field, but it was still technically a loss for Ossoff, who was hoping to hit the 50% threshold required to avoid a run-off against a Republican.
With the Georgia election's unusual contours - an 18-way primary and a GOP field split among 11 candidates - Ossoff soon rose to the top of the pack. You can see how the night progressed in the tweets below.
Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, on Tuesday in Atlanta.
Read: Ossoff fails to win Georgia House seat outright, forcing runoff. Ossoff has been in the national headlines for weeks, as it became clear he had a unique chance to turn a red district blue.
The Democratic establishment must also decide whether it continues to push for victory.
Adding it up: "Already, Republican candidates and outside groups have had to spend over $7 million against Democrats in a series of deeply conservative districts". "We were able to build a grass-roots organization of unprecedented intensity and scale in just a few months. Now we've got more time to keep growing it". In late 2013, for example, a number of local Republicans appeared to be in trouble after the GOP angered voters during a government shutdown - only for that issue to quickly fade away as President Barack Obama's administration botched the roll-out of his health law.
The Democrats have now spent a lot of money to nearly win two special elections. "Force runoff and easy win!" Newt Gingrich came from this district.
"The discussion within Komen about addressing the objections of anti-abortion advocates intensified past year after Karen Handel was hired as senior vice president for public policy, several former Komen employees said".
"It is all hands on deck for us", she said. Members of Congress aren't required to live in the district they represent.
Handel has her own challenges. Her no-frills campaign attracted a corps of dedicated supporters but paled in comparison with the energy and enthusiasm that Ossoff generated. But it will require picking up more than 20 seats and winning over droves of voters like those in the affluent, well-educated Georgia district that spans Atlanta's northern suburbs.
Some of her onetime Republican adversaries moved to rally behind her after she landed a runoff spot.
Pundits and analysts tracking the race fell victim to a trend that played out similarly in last week's special election in Kansas: everyone is shocked by the Democratic intensity of the early vote, only to watch the Republican intensity of the election-day vote winnow the Democrats' lead down to a disappointing finish.
The U.S. Capitol, surrounded by blue. David Perdue, who backed another candidate in the race, and Gov. Nathan Deal, who defeated her in a testy runoff. Handel, meanwhile, called Ossoff Pelosi's "hand-picked" candidate.
While voters didn't exactly reject Trump completely in Georgia on Tuesday, it is fair to say they did not embrace him either. "Accountability in government. And fresh leadership". The good news for Ossoff is that Handel only managed to nab 19.8 percent of the vote Tuesday night, according to The Independent, but the bad news is that the runoff is still expected to be a very tight race.
"I certainly support the president and will work with him where we agree", Handel said, per AP.
"He is the president of the United States of America".
Both Wu and Kleiman also noted that Ossoff's relatively young age has attracted the support of a college demographic.
"But it's a wake-up call for Republicans".
A financial disclosure shows Ossoff has more than $1.7 million in assets, including more than $250,000 in Apple stock and an additional $50,000 in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment firm. Others hunkered down for the long haul.
What does this mean going forward?
Apr 20 2017