Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a June runoff election after failing to win a majority of votes in Tuesday's race for the hotly contested Georgia 6th District congressional seat.

Ossoff, 30, an investigative filmmaker, won 48.3 percent of the vote. Handel, 55, a former Georgia secretary of state, placed second with 19.8 percent running in a field of 18 candidates in Tuesday's special election.

The runoff election will be held in June since neither candidate secured a majority vote of 50 percent of more.

The congressional seat was previously held by Tom Price, who was selected to serve as President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.

CNN called the race shortly after midnight after Ossoff, fueled by a $8.3 million campaign war chest, failed to pull off an upset victory in the traditional Republican stronghold.

"Georgia's Sixth Congressional District has historically consistently elected Republican candidates. Indeed, no Democrat has represented the district since the Carter administration," according to The Bustle. "A Democratic victory in the district would be unprecedented and speak volumes about how the public views Trump's presidency and the Republican party.

"Indeed, if Ossoff wins, Republicans may start to distance themselves from Trump, as his potential victory could indicate that the president's reputation is harming the GOP's prospects for midterm Congressional elections. And based on the fact that Trump himself has tweeted about the election, it's clear that this is a big deal," The Bustle added.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted Ossoff's victory would be a "disaster for Congress. VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes. Say No."

An Ossoff victory would bode ill for Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections as well and throw Trump's agenda into turmoil.

Whether the voters will "say no" to Ossoff in the June runoff ultimately will depend on whether Trump stays committed to MAGA, to his conservative base, and proceeds cautiously with foreign entanglements that could destroy his presidency.

Please share this on Facebook if a Democrat victory in George's 6th Congressional District would be a vote of no confidence in the Trump administration.

Source: Truthfeed

 

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