Trump declares Georgia Democrats are 'failing'

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

Still, the GOP side was divided between candidates with very different views of President Trump.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says the Georgia special election for the House was a referendum on President Donald Trump. Throughout the race, other Republicans claimed to be the Trump candidate. You could nearly feel the "what it all means" essays being furiously rewritten as the results shifted to a runoff and likely GOP victory June 20.

Really, though, it's all about Ossoff - the only candidate who is expected to be in the ballpark of 50%.

"Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress".

President Trump had fun trolling Democrats after Republicans held off a Dem win in Georgia's 6th district special election. Georgia congressional election between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel heading to June 20 runoff. https://t.co/mabkRnIdPi- The Associated Press (@AP) 19 avril 2017 The context With few other events on the political calendar, the race is being seen as a bellwether of the national mood during Trump's turbulent first few months in office. They said that their goal was to get over 50%.

Handel raised eyebrows when she didn't mention Trump at all in her speech Tuesday night.

"Being a member of Congress and representing the sixth district is not being an extension of the White House". The more obvious conclusion is that his gamble on the district paid off, which makes last night's results a "big" win for Trump, if not necessarily for Republicans who almost let this one slip through their fingers.

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The GOP has controlled the district since 1979.

Another special election, another near upset for Democrats.

During his watch party, before the results were official, Ossoff told Handel to "bring it on". GOP strategist Chip Lake said Ossoff "is in for the fight of his life".

"It is all hands on deck for us", she said. "My family is still there". Ossoff, who grew up in the district, says he will move back if he wins. But she also has a career in business as a public relations executive. Judson Hill, businessman and former state Sen.

While Ossoff's massive haul was impressive, Republicans were quick to point out that 95 percent of that came from outside the state, buoyed by progressive blogs like Daily Kos and fundraising platforms like ActBlue.

Ya think? One has to wonder just how many more millions of dollars Democrats will pour into these special elections, rather than shepherd those resources for the midterms. The suburban district has all the characteristics - diversity, including Latino voters, higher-than-average education levels and a younger population - of those it hopes to flip in areas like Orange County, California, and the Texas suburbs.

It took a sudden evolution for the district to become competitive at all. Trump won the Southern state by about 5 percentage points in November's election. The time for a long-term strategy is now, and it remains to be seen if Democrats are up for the challenge. He still engenders an intense loyalty among his core supporters but alienates many independents and even Republicans, leaving him unable to command a majority of the electorate. Ossoff's not going to get another $8.3 million for the runoff, and Republicans are on notice in GA-06 now. He'll vie again for the seat in June against Handel, in a race where neither candidate has a clear advantage. Some saw the election, held to replace new Health Secretary Tom Price, as a test of the Republican president's political strength. Ossoff's campaign also provided codes for free Lyft rides so that students at universities including Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Georgia could attend polling locations. The Express Poll Units are used primarily for voter check-in for one precinct.

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