The party avoided embarrassment last week when it narrowly held a conservative Kansas seat vacated when Trump tapped Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency. There will now be a run-off between Ossoff and Handel.
That is crucial if Democrats are to have a shot at reaching their stated objective: reclaiming control of the House of Representatives in next year's mid-term elections. Yet falling short also highlights the party's lingering power deficit in Washington and around the country.
Ossoff raised a stunning $8.3 million in the first quarter, forcing Republicans to spend heavily against him.
For Ossoff, it appears he will have to move forward to the June runoff, though it was initially unclear as to whether he would challenge the results from the jungle primary. She didn't mention him at all in remarks to the crowd at her runoff celebration Monday night.
Trump also criticized the enthusiasm for Ossoff from people who don't live in Georgia's 6th congressional district. Gosh, he couldn't even vote for himself yet.
Handel began to consolidate a fractured party. Friends of the Earth Action endorsed Jon Ossoff in March. "She'd fit right in in Washington". "There will certainly be a clear contrast", Handel told AP.More news: Trump strategy on NKorea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement'
Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff to decide Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election. "Glad to be of help!" he tweeted. He came in first place after Tuesday's vote but did not reach the 50-percent threshold needed to clinch a victory.
As Trump carried out his Twitter barrage against Ossoff earlier Tuesday, a White House spokeswoman insisted the race wasn't a "referendum" on the president.
Demographic changes have made Georgia's affluent 6th Congressional District more competitive for Democrats. "The only thing that seems fake is Trump coming out and saying this was good for Republicans, that they gave away 48 percent of the vote to somebody that nobody knows".
"This is not a story about me".
With just two candidates in the race, Republicans are vowing to close ranks behind Handel's candidacy. With the GOP having a single candidate to rally behind, this race now becomes exponentially easier for Republicans to win. Indeed, no Democrat has represented the district since the Carter administration.
But she'll run up against Handel backers like 82-year-old Bev Wingate.
Though the GOP has tried to portray Ossoff as an inexperienced frat boy, he holds a Master's of Science from the London School of Economics and produced his thesis on U.S.