Georgia House race in runoff after Dem’s strong showing
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.