Trump brags about GOP barely avoiding disaster in Georgia race
Ossoff netted 48.1 percent of the vote but did not become the clear victor of the race to fill the 6th Congressional District's House seat vacated by now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
The Republican who will now battle Ossoff in the run-off is Karen Handel, a former secretary of state for Georgia.
With few other events on the political calendar, the race was seen as a bellwether of the national mood during Mr Trump's turbulent first few months in office. In fact, Trump arguably gave Ossoff his opening in the first place; Trump barely won the Georgia 6th in November and failed to win a majority, four years after Republican Mitt Romney got more than 60 percent of the presidential vote. "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff said, and he urged his supporters to embrace the prospects of a runoff, telling them they would "carry us to victory".
National Right to Life has endorsed Karen Handel (R) following the special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district to replace former Rep. Tom Price, who was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ossoff attempted to make the special election all about President Donald Trump.
The Georgia congressional seat is attracting so much attention also because it has been the Republicans' since the late 1970s - and a candidate as strong as Ossoff is definitely a threat to them. Trump also commented on the funding in a tweet after the primary Tuesday night.
With 18 candidates in the race, Ossoff benefitted from united Democratic support, and a reported $8.3 million fundraising haul.
Trump blasted Ossoff on Twitter and said in a robocall that the Democrat would "raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants".
DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the district offers the ideal setting for Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.
Republicans are so desperate to hold onto the house seat in Georgia's 6th congressional district that they are sending unpopular House Speaker Paul Ryan to campaign for GOP candidate Karen Handel.
But it could weaken the already shaky hold Mr Trump has on his fellow Republicans by encouraging lawmakers to distance themselves from him.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said in an interview Tuesday that he does not know whether Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is a progressive.