(AP Photo/John Bazemore). Supporters of Democratic candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional Seat Jon Ossoff hold signs near a poll location Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Marietta, Ga. Either way, a Republican other than Tom Price has a handicap compared to Price running for reelection.
But with the 18-candidate field down to only two, Ossoff will have a much steeper climb for the open seat now that Republicans are coalescing around Handel. There will now be a runoff. They ran to win last night and they lost.
"It is all hands on deck for us", she said. "Make Trump Furious" looks to be a win. And this is the second time in as many weeks that Democrats had high hopes and didn't see their best case scenarios realized when all the votes were cast.
GREENE: Yes, that is true. However, Ossoff received a majority of the East Cobb vote in only a few precincts in or near Marietta city limits. And that is just not good enough. But while he won the lion's share of votes, 48 percent to just under 20 percent for his nearest competitor, Republican Karen Handel, he didn't escape the runoff. She served as Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from 2003 to 2007, and as Georgia's Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010. And that as much as Trump likes to talk about how well-loved he is, the reality might be quite different. This is like starting from scratch all over again for both sides.
Triebsch is a political novice who has benefited from the energized base backing Ossoff, with whom she has appeared and campaigned. She was hammered by Republican foes in the runoff who aligned themselves with Trump - raising the prospect that those Trump voters could skip the runoff entirely.
"Now we have the question: Will the Republican power crowd that isn't here right now, and they're not going to be here tonight - there's going to be some talking done in the backroom".
But Trump weighed in too, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's super PAC was instrumental in holding off Ossoff. If nothing else, beyond retirement, Republican lawmakers will think twice about backing the Trump administration if doing so yields a real challenge for their seat.
Well, he thought his electoral college win was a landslide and that his inaugural crowd was big, so take that into account. He was up late last night. It comes - they come in, and there's the results. "They said that their goal was to get over 50 percent". "Help from around the country is going to be vast, and I think by then, Trump will be in more trouble than he is now".More news: Rains help winter wheat, delay corn planting in Kansas
Handel was targeted by other Republicans during the 6th District jungle primary - including Dan Moody, whose campaign aired a memorable ad portraying Handel, who often wears a pearl necklace, as an elephant wearing an enormous set of pearls. It's not helpful in places like this district. Trump bested Hillary Clinton in the district by just 1.5 points. You had Tom Price win with more than 60 percent of the vote. So clearly, Trump can be a drag here.
There's something of a three-strikes rule in politics - lose three big races in a row, and you're out as a top candidate.
Ossoff has pitched himself as a check on Trump and an opponent to Washington gridlock. He weighed in very strongly in Georgia.
Get ready for the political spin.
Still, this is the type of district Democrats need to be competitive in to win back the House in next year's midterms.
In 2011, Handel was named Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the leading organizations fighting breast cancer. "The reaction has somewhat been, you know, that they nearly won".
The 6th district is a wealthy suburb of Atlanta - Newt Gingrich's old seat, though the district boundaries have been adjusted since then - and has been reliably electing Republicans for decades. He performed poorly there past year - and did even worse in similar-looking Pennsylvania districts based in Chester and Delaware Counties. This is a district that was very close on the presidential level last cycle, and the Democrats went all in on this.