Demo­crat scares Trump

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

A YOUNG Jewish Demo­crat, Jon Os­soff, has given US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump a fright by tak­ing a huge share of the vote in a con­gres­sional by-elec­tion.

Mr Os­soff won 48.1 per cent of the bal­lots in the fight for a tra­di­tion­ally rock-solid Repub­li­can dis­trict in subur­ban At­lanta on Tues­day.

Although he failed to win the 50 per cent nec­es­sary to win the seat out­right, Mr Os­soff, a documentary film-maker, was claim­ing vic­tory this

Claimed vic­tory: Os­soff week. His near­est ri­val, for­mer Ge­or­gia sec­re­tary of state Karen Han­del, man­aged 19.8 per cent, and will stand against Mr Os­soff in a run-off on June 20.

Mr Os­soff, 30, the only Demo­crat in a field with 11 Repub­li­cans, was tar­geted by Mr Trump, who tweeted his de­ri­sion over the re­sult and said the run-off proved the Demo­crat could not win. Mr Os­soff’s cam­paign slo­gan was “Flip the 6th” be­cause the elec­tion was be­ing run in Ge­or­gia’s tra­di­tion­ally Repub­li­can Sixth Dis­trict.

The poll had been called be­cause Mr Trump had named Con­gress­man Tom Price, a Repub­li­can, as his Health Sec­re­tary. “This is al­ready a re­mark­able vic­tory,” Mr Os­soff told the New York Times.

PHOTO: AP

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