Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump Draws the Line: It's 'Hollywood vs. Georgia' in June Runoff Election

Trump Draws the Line: It's 'Hollywood vs. Georgia' in June Runoff Election

A day after a grueling election ended with two remaining candidates, both Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel said their teams were getting back to work to try and win the June runoff.

Democrat Jon Ossoff drew 48.1 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election, just shy of the 50 percent needed to win the most closely watched US congressional race since Trump took office in January.

Ossoff and Handel will meet in a runoff in June after neither candidate captured a majority of the vote for an outright win on Tuesday.

The 11 Republicans altogether received 4,026 more votes than the five Democrats running for the seat. He held 48.3 percent of the vote - short of the 50 percent he needed to become the first Democrat to represent Atlanta's northern suburbs since the 1970s. They came up short, and if you look at what - his percentage of what it was presidentially, it pretty much tracks.

"I think it's overstated the effect that what is going on in Washington has on a local race like this, where local issues are the most important thing to voters", Ossoff said. "They came up short". He has also mobilized strong opposition against President Trump.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said the race showed how the South was changing.

"I think she will embrace Trump". "We've been talking about how the Republican Party had won in so many different levels of our country, but the presidency had eluded us".

"National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Karen Handel, whose position on life reflects the true values of Georgia's voters", said Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director.

"There was five", the reporter interjected.

"He is the leader of our party and galvanized our base, and he has a message. the president is the best messenger to help turn out our vote", she said. This is a district that was very close on the presidential level last cycle, and the Democrats went all in on this. "This is a case of Democratic Party supporters taking a shot at Donald Trump; they can't because that election is over, so they take a shot at the party instead", the political scientist told The Straits Times over the phone. The Dunwoody retiree and Handel volunteer says Republicans were too cautious in the primary for fear they'd "step on toes".

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