Dems launch pro-Ossoff ad blitz in Georgia

Battle for Georgia congressional seat heats

National Right to Life has endorsed Karen Handel (R) following the special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district to replace former Rep. Tom Price, who was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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.

Despite what seemed like at least a moral victory for Mr Ossoff, the White House claimed that it was in truth a defeat. Mrs Handel could benefit from having served as a Georgia secretary of state and from her party coalescing around a single candidate.

Republican challenger Karen Handel is expected to have an advantage in the runoff election scheduled for June 20 due to the fact that more voters supported Republicans than Ossoff at the polls Tuesday. The nearest Republican was former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, who won just 19.8 per cent of the vote.

With few other events on the political calendar, the race was billed as a referendum on President Trump's first few months in office.

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"Only the Republicans could try to define this as a defeat for the Democrats", said Porter.

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer tried to do exactly that. "They came up short", Spicer said. "The reaction has somewhat been, you know, that they nearly won". "They spent $8.3 million dollars and threw everything including the kitchen sink at it, and lost".

"‶Tomorrow, we start the campaign anew", Handel said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Other Republicans saw clear warning signs in Tuesday night's outcome. "And voters, if they're hearing what the message the Republicans are putting forward and the message - the non-message Democrats are putting forward, they'll go with Republicans". "Anything short of describing that as a loss is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that they literally said that is what they said would do". "The only way you fight that is. fire up the Republican base". "We have defied the odds. shattered expectations", Ossoff told supporters, adding that they'd "carry us to victory" in June. Last week the GOP held on to held a conservative Kansas seat vacated when Trump tapped Republican Representative Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Price won 62 percent of the vote in November, about 14 percentage points ahead of Trump's total. Werner reported from Washington.

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