Runoff in Ge­or­gia House race could test Trump, op­po­si­tion

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DUN­WOODY (AP) — A nar­row miss by a Demo­cratic new­comer in a con­ser­va­tive Ge­or­gia House dis­trict has trig­gered a high­stakes runoff that could test Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s in­flu­ence and the lim­its of the back­lash against him.

Demo­crat Jon Os­soff, a 30-year-old for­mer con­gres­sional aide fu­eled by a colos­sal fundrais­ing haul from out-of-state donors, came within two per­cent­age points of an out­right vic­tory Tues­day over 17 other can­di­dates in Ge­or­gia’s tra­di­tion­ally Repub­li­can 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

Repub­li­can Karen Han­del, a for­mer Ge­or­gia sec­re­tary of state, lagged in a dis­tant sec­ond, qual­i­fy­ing her for the runoff. Well known to vot­ers, Han­del had treated Trump gin­gerly in a dis­trict the pres­i­dent barely car­ried, but de­clared Wed­nes­day she’d like to see him cam­paign for her ahead of the June 20 runoff.

“We want ev­ery­body who is sup­port­ive of Repub­li­cans, so ab­so­lutely,” Han­del told The As­so­ci­ated Press af­ter tak­ing a con­grat­u­la­tory call from Trump on Wed­nes­day. “We are go­ing to be united from this point go­ing for­ward.”

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