Democrat Falls Short in Georgia Election After Big Funding from National Liberals

(The Daily Signal) Two candidates, Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, will compete in a runoff election in June after failing to garner 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th District.

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The contenders in Tuesday’s jungle primary included 11 Republicans, five Democrats, and two independents. Voters will head back to the polls on June 20 to determine the winner between the top vote-getters.

Ossoff, who finished with 48 percent of the vote, is a former congressional aide and a filmmaker, while Handel, the top Republican in the field with 20 percent, previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state.

In November, Donald Trump won Georgia’s 6th District by fewer than2 percentage points. The seat opened in February when Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., was confirmed as secretary of health and human services.

Price’s seat has been held by Republicans for nearly 40 years since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won it in 1978.

In 2016, Price won re-election with about 60 percent of the vote.

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Ossoff, the Democrat, ran on a platform that included calls for health care reform, civil rights, provisions for environmental protection, and support for Planned Parenthood.

“Washington right now is at its most divisive, most dangerous, most potentially destructive place in modern American history,” Ossoff said in a campaign ad. “This is our first chance to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for.”

Ossoff, who grew up in Georgia’s 6th District, does not currently reside in the area he is running to represent, The Washington Post reports….

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