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Gizzi: Will Trump Wage War on Ossoff in House Race?

Gizzi: Will Trump Wage War on Ossoff in House Race?

Jon Ossoff, a Democratic candidate in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, will face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff.

"Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6", he said in a tweet posted at dawn Tuesday. Though neither Handel nor any of the other 10 Republicans running in the primary spent anything like Ossoff, the GOP's Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC put $ 2.2 million into ads attacking him, including one featuring the shocking revelation that as a student Ossoff once dressed up as Han Solo-and even sang in a Georgetown a capella group!

What's next, from N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Richard Fausset, from Atlanta: "Ossoff's strong showing will ensure that national Democrats continue to compete here and will increase pressure on the party to contest a special House election next month in Montana that it has so far ignored".

Once the Fulton results finally began to come in, it became apparent that no candidate was going to take home a victory Tuesday night, although Ossoff told supporters the campaign has already achieved a victory of sorts. Ossoff will have a tough battle ahead to beat a Republican one-on-one in the conservative district.

And Gov. Nathan Deal, who defeated her in a bitter 2010 runoff and stayed out of the Congressional race, signaled his support for her. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.

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Part of what is fueling Democratic excitement about the race is that while Trump won Georgia by six percentage points, the district that Ossoff seeks to win supported Trump by barely one point over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"We need to see a balance in our country, a check on President Trump", said Vicki Hardin Woods, a retiree who traveled from Salem Oregon, to volunteer for the campaign.

"That picture is going on Facebook, tagging all my NY friends", he said.

The outcomes in Kansas and Georgia also serve notice that GOP candidates may struggle to handle Trump, who engenders an intense loyalty among his core supporters but alienates many independents and even Republicans.

A shock upset in the national spotlight, the argument goes, would deeply embarrass the president and could jumpstart efforts to retake control of the House of Representatives in next year's midterm elections.

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The president tweeted multiple attacks on Ossoff in recent days.

Most election observers expected a late night of vote counting, with a race that could be decided by a single point or less. "I would like to thank all of the Republican candidates who had the courage to run and I ask for all Republicans and conservatives to come together against Nancy Pelosi and her liberal lightweight, Jon Ossoff and keep this seat in Republican hands". "Glad to be of help!".

Ossoff, who does not live in the congressional district he wants to represent - and therefore could not vote for himself - received 92,390 votes, or 48.1 percent.

Democrats had already been aiming to nationalize the race against Trump, campaigning on a slogan of "Make Trump Furious". So summarized one of my twitter followers, and I think it's the right way to look at this. Moving forward, the race is likely to break fundraising records, and will probably attract even more money from outside the district and state.

Ossoff's failure to win the seat outright also highlights the ongoing problems with the Democratic Party. Republicans have held the seat since 1979, and past occupants include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current Georgia Sen.

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