IN GEORGIA, US Democrats
have narrowly missed an
opportunity to cause great
upset to President Donald
It was in the race for the vacant
House of Representatives seat
in Atlanta, that has drawn
huge national attention. But
Democrat, 30 year-old Jon
Ossoff failed to garner 50% of
the vote.
He will now face former
Georgia Secretary of State
Karen Handel (R) in a June
runoff since none of the 18
candidates in the race won a
The seat became vacant after
the occupant Tom Price was
appointed Health & Human
Services Secretary by Trump.
The results were
disappointing for some
Democrats hoping for their
first big election victory of the
Trump era — “I want to puke,”
actress (and Ossoff campaign
volunteer) Alyssa Milano
tweeted Tuesday night, New
York Daily News reported.
But Ossoff’s strong
showing is the latest sign that
Democrats are more energised
and mobilised as they look
to make big gains in the 2018
midterm elections.
Republicans usually win
elections in the suburban
Atlanta district by more than
20 percentage points, but
Trump’s unpopularity with
college-educated voters has
showed up in a big way in the
The President won the district
by less than 2 percentage points
last fall after Mitt Romney
carried it by 23 points in 2012,
and Ossoff’s showing largely
mirrored Hillary Clinton’s
near-win in the district.
The race has drawn national
attention and became an early
referendum on how elections
would play with President
Trump in the White House.
Ossoff raised $8.3 million in
the first three months, much
of it from outside Georgia, and
had big-name help including
a radio ad from Samuel L.
Republican groups were
forced to spend millions to spur
turnout and drag his numbers
down enough to trigger a
President Trump took late
notice of the race as well,
tweeting about it repeatedly
over the last few days and
cutting a robocall in the district
to drive Republicans to the polls.

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