Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Jon Ossoff Landslide Reinforces Resistance to Trump — Triumph in Georgia

Despite Ossoff's significant financial advantage, a slew of liberal celebrities boosting his profile, and a Democratic base eager to tag a win against Trump, the documentary filmmaker-turned-politician failed to reach the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff.

Former State Senator Judson Hill, who represented District 32 (East Cobb and a portion of Sandy Springs) until resigning to run for Congress, pulled in almost 11 percent of the vote on his home turf. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Geor.

The nation will likely be focused on the little-known Jewish candidate for weeks as he seeks to make the race a referendum on Trump's rocky start in office. Georgia's 6th district was seen as the best chance for that spark. It didn't happen on Tuesday night - and now Democrats will have to wait nearly two months to see if they can start to build momentum for the November 2018 midterms. A Democratic victory in the district would be unprecedented and speak volumes about how the public views Trump's presidency and the Republican party.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second in the crowded field, qualifying for the June 20 runoff.

But Trump carried the district by less than two points.

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"I'd rather be Jon Ossoff than Karen Handel right now", Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, told CNN. Great job Karen Handel!

But Perez on Wednesday said Trump was celebrating too early, and the prevailing breezes still blew in Ossoff's direction for the June contest. Despite the loss, Democrats touted their progress in the district; CIA Director Mike Pompeo won the race as a Republican in November by more than 30 percent prior to his appointment.

Democrats, therefore, felt confident that the area, which is home to a number of Atlanta's wealthiest and highly-educated suburbs, could be competitive in the special election.

"She's the person who supports Donald Trump's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act".

"We have a lot of wind at our back". "The progressive energy out there is palpable".

It is about a district that has a long legacy of Republican leadership from my good friend (and current Health and Human Services) Secretary Tom Price to Senator Johnny Isakson and former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"This is already a remarkable victory".

There's some chatter out there that Ossoff's showing is a bad sign for Democrats. "Bring it on!" he said.

Georgia's special election to replace former House Rep. Republicans had a large slate of candidates in the "jungle primary", including a few who unapologetically supported Trump.

Sanders was then asked if Ossoff is a progressive.

Read: Ossoff fails to win Georgia House seat outright, forcing runoff.

It's Ossoff vs. Handel now, and Ossoff needs your help.

Republicans have made their own attempts at nationalizing the campaign. Indeed, no Democrat has represented the district since the Carter administration.

Werner reported from Washington.

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