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Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Ossoff Only Earned 1.3 Percent More Than Clinton In Georgia's 6th

Ossoff Only Earned 1.3 Percent More Than Clinton In Georgia's 6th

"I wouldn't use the word referendum", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding, "I think (Trump) hopes to have a Republican elected to that seat, and hopefully it will be someone to follow in Tom Price's footsteps and be a leader from that district".

Ossoff won 48 percent of Tuesday's vote in Atlanta's 6th District and will go into a runoff vote in June with his Republican rival Karen Handel.

Ossoff attempted to make the special election all about President Donald Trump. So we are going to be united.

"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and 11 Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia".

The runoff election for the House seat vacated by current HHS Secretary Tom Price is scheduled for June 20th. But there were numerous Republicans in the race, and in aggregate they secured 51 percent, compared to 49 percent for Democrats, a sign Ossoff has a challenge before him to flip the district.

The outcome will not tip the balance of power in the Republican-controlled House.

He was shy of the 50 percent he needed to become the first Democrat to represent Atlanta's affluent northern suburbs since the 1970s.

Trump blasted Ossoff on Twitter and said in a robocall that the Democrat would "raise your taxes, destroy your health care, and flood our country with illegal immigrants".

"Only the Republicans could try to define this as a defeat for the Democrats", Porter said.

"The reaction has been that they nearly won - no, they lost", Mr Spicer insisted. "They came up short". He raised over $8 million, compared with Handel's roughly $460,000. Republicans had to spend millions of dollars to keep Ossoff from an outright win in spite of a crowded field that made it hard for anyone to come close to 50%.

Yet Lake says an appearance with Trump may not be helpful to Handel's campaign.

Still, Bruni noted, both election night results have been more of "a very loud maybe: a question mark in a situation where many partisans and prognosticators itched for an exclamation point".

He published a similar message last week, after Republicans were forced to scramble to win a congressional special election in a ruby-red Kansas district. "The only way you fight that is you have to fire up the Republican base".

While Democrats can savor the moral victory of almost snatching a seat outright in a Republican stronghold, they will need to translate anti-Trump fury and substantial fundraising into concrete ballot-box results if they are to mount a viable comeback.

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