Ge­or­gia House race in runoff af­ter Dem’s strong show­ing

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

A Ge­or­gia con­gres­sional elec­tion is headed to a high-stakes runoff that’s shap­ing up as a ref­er­en­dum on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ahead of cru­cial midterm elec­tions next year.

Demo­crat Jon Os­soff, 30, a lit­tle­known for­mer con­gres­sional staffer, fell a few per­cent­age points shy of an out­right vic­tory Tues­day amid an 18-can­di­date field in Ge­or­gia’s 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. His strong show­ing in the con­ser­va­tive dis­trict, driven by huge fundrais­ing num­bers from out-of-state donors, un­der­scored Democrats’ ea­ger­ness to get a win against Trump and re­gain House con­trol in 2018.

Repub­li­can Karen Han­del, a for­mer Ge­or­gia sec­re­tary of state, fin­ished a dis­tant sec­ond in the field, qual­i­fy­ing for the June 20 runoff.

Trump had at­tacked Os­soff in re­cent days and took to Twit­ter again Wed­nes­day to crow about the out­come in Ge­or­gia af­ter Democrats’ fail­ure to win a dif­fer­ent spe­cial elec­tion in Kansas last week.

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