Republican vows 'all hands on deck' in Georgia congressional runoff


There were five Democrats in the race, but they backed Jon Ossoff - the 30-year-old USA congressional candidate who couldn't even vote for himself on Tuesday - pouring more than $8 million into his campaign. "And your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country".

Trump erased any doubt the contest was all about him when he waded into the race at the last minute.

"While special elections do have some predictive power, a simple analysis of special elections back to 1970 shows a fairly weak relationship between special elections and the following midterm election results". Trump only won the suburban Atlanta district by one point in November, however, giving Democrats hope that they could channel anti-Trump energy into a victory there.

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted, referring to last week's congressional race in a Wichita suburb where the Democrat fell short of an upset.

Trump weighed in heavily on the race, tweeting about it repeatedly in the closing days of the race and criticizing Ossoff by name.

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Harnessing clear frustration and dissatisfaction with the new president, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff came in first by a wide margin in a crowded field of candidates in Georgia's 6th district, securing 48.1 percent of the vote. "We all have to rise above it - that it is about the district that has a long legacy of Republican leadership".

Ossoff will compete with second-place finisher Karen Handel, a Republican, in a June 20 runoff. Special elections are few and far between and they don't offer a big enough sample size to accurately predict the result of future USA elections. A Republican has held the seat since 1979, and Price won 62 percent of the vote in November. But in the one-on-one runoff, Busby was stagnant, earning 45%, while Bilbray surged to 49% support in the conservative district.

Ossoff is a former congressional aide who has also worked as an executive producer for a handful of news documentaries, while Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state, according to the New York Times. This will be to replace Mick Mulvaney, the Congressman who earlier this year became Donald Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Another congressional battle will play out late next month in conservative-leaning Montana, where voters will pick a replacement for Republican Ryan Zinke, who has become Trump's U.S. interior secretary. "Anything short of describing that as a loss is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that they literally said that is what they said would do". "He spiked the football quite early, Chris", Perez told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

On the Republican side, the candidates are Ralph Norman, a South Carolina state representative; Tommy Pope, another South Carolina state representative; Chad Connelly, former chair of the South Carolina Republican Party; Sheri Few, an education activist; Tom Mullikin, an attorney; and Kris Wample, another attorney.