Georgia House Seat Election Heads to Runoff

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

Great job Karen Handel! He congratulated Handel, and described her coming one-on-one race with Ossoff as "Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th". Democrats are also looking to build momentum heading into next year's midterm elections.

But Democrats say even without victories, the fact they're even competing in these races is proof they are poised for big things in next year's midterm elections, which will include easier districts than the ones they're now fighting over. It seems likely that the same will be said for scattered upcoming special elections in other states.

"He just called to say, "Congratulations" and encourage me and let me know that as we go into June 20, that it's all hands on deck for Republicans and we take it very seriously", she said on "New Day".

"We have a lot of wind at our back". "The progressive energy out there is palpable and the volunteers are out there". Before Price held the seat it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's, who at one point was the only Republican in the state's House delegation.

But David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's onetime top strategist, pointed to Handel's arm's length treatment of Trump as indicative of how toxic the president has become to traditionally Republican suburban districts such as Georgia's 6th.

Ossoff received 48.1% of the vote, shy of the 50% he needed to win outright.

The Georgia 6th is not in this category, but it's close- gain, Trump won the district by only 1.5 percent.

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Meanwhile, Ossoff is celebrating his near victory. National Republican groups spent millions of dollars painting Ossoff as a neophyte who does not live in the area he aims to represent.

For Republicans, Ossoff's strong performance acts as another wake-up call alongside the closer-than-expected win in a House special election last week in archconservative Kansas.

"The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization's new senior vice president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is 'pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.'. We're united behind me, and I absolutely am confident that Republicans are going to answer, and we're going to be ready to be highly competitive in this district". Everybody was talking about what's going to happen there because Trump is weighing in so heavily and the fact that Ossoff is a neophyte made it more of a proxy battle. They said that their goal was to get over 50%.

Fresh Democrat face set to lead national resurgence! Fulton, the same county where most of Atlanta lies, is also urban, but more evenly balanced politically.

Republicans have made their own attempts at nationalizing the campaign.

A political action committee backed by Ryan and other House GOP leaders funneled more than $2 million into attacks on Ossoff, tying him to national Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

I'd like to know who in their right mind thought it was a good idea to run eleven Republicans in Georgia's sixth congressional district race.

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