Democrat Ossoff Fails To Clinch Majority In Closely Watched Georgia Special Election

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In a closely watched special election in Georgia, novice Democrat Jon Ossoff appeared to fall short of the majority he needed to win outright and is expected to advance to a runoff in Georgia's special election after failing to clinch a majority of the vote on Tuesday in order to avoid another election in late June.

Ossoff led the crowded 18-candidate field in Tuesday’s “jungle primary” to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The Democrat ended up as the top vote getter in the crowded field but with 100% of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, Ossoff had 48.1% just shy of the 50 percent he needed to become the first Democrat to represent Atlanta's affluent northern suburbs since the 1970s. Ossoff will now compete in a runoff with the second-place finisher, Republican Karen Handel, on June 20.

"This is already a victory for the ages. We have defied the odds, we have shattered expectations," Ossoff told a cheering crowd of supporters.

“No matter what the outcome is tonight, whether we take it all or we fight on, we have defied the odds, we have shattered expectations,” he said adding that “we are changing the world and your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country. We will be ready to fight on and win in June if it is necessary.”

With few other events on the political calendar, the race was seen as a bellwether of the national mood during Trump's turbulent first few months in office. Republicans have controlled the seat for decades, but Trump only won it by 1 percentage point in last November's presidential election.

Republican winner Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of State, was considered an early favorite for the GOP side of the race and led most polls. She had the highest name recognition, after two unsuccessful statewide bids and a high-profile resignation from Susan G. Komen for the Cure over the charity's Planned Parenthood funding. Handel also endured the most intraparty attacks. The conservative Club for Growth, which endorsed GOP opponent Bob Gray, called her a “career politician." She also faced attacks from another fellow republican Dan Moody.

As the Hill reports, Democratic hopes that Ossoff could win outright were buoyed early Tuesday evening by promising early vote returns, but Ossoff’s vote share continued to drop as more precincts reported their votes. Reports of technical glitches stemming from Fulton County delayed the results for hours as Ossoff hovered right at that 50 percent threshold.  And while Ossoff ran far better than any other Democrat had in this district before, narrowly missing the runoff will be a disappointment for the party because it allows Republicans to reload and unite behind one candidate. But Democrats are still heartened by the gains they've made in the red district.

For decades, Georgia’s 6th Congressional District had been considered a safe Republican seat. But Democrats have been licking their chops at the prospect of flipping the suburban Atlanta district ever since Trump won the district by less than 2 percentage points in November.

Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious." He raised more than $8 million in the first three months of the year, much of it from out of state, and drew volunteers from across the country. Ossoff benefited from a fractured Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasized their loyalty to Trump while others kept their distance. Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, did not mention Trump during a 10-minute speech on Tuesday night, according to local media.

National Republican groups spent millions of dollars painting Ossoff as a neophyte who does not live in the area he aims to represent.

As the race grew more heated and polls numbers showed Ossoff not far from 50 percent, Republicans grew increasingly nervous about their chances and started to pour millions of dollars into ad campaigns that attacked Ossoff as the “handpicked candidate” of House Democratic leadership in Washington and questioned his national security credentials. The pressure only increased after Democrats posted a strong showing last week in a special election in another House that had been seen as reliably red, Kansas’s 4th District. 

Even Trump weighed in last-minute, recording a robocall to rebuke Ossoff and tweeting that the Georgia Democrat is a “super liberal” and claiming he supports illegal immigration and tax increases. Ossoff fired back in a statement that Trump was “misinformed.” Soon after CNN called the race a runoff around midnight, Trump tweeted at Ossoff’s expense.

“Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG 'R' win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!” he said.

Ossoff grew up in the district and says he will move back if he wins.

Nonetheless, an Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress. But it could weaken the already shaky hold Trump has on his fellow Republicans by encouraging lawmakers to distance themselves from him.

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VinceFostersGhost's picture



Met with Saul Alinsky.......he's pissed!

tmosley's picture

Once again, Democrat vote fraud was not enough to win it.

Can't wait to see these people in chains, preferably on their way to the gallows.

HockeyFool's picture

Next up, he loses the run off. Another liberal wet dream crashed on the rocks of reality.

Handful of Dust's picture

Soros is furious. Next time he'll pour $500,000 in ads to support the Marxist.

Whoa Dammit's picture

I'm not sure how Ossoff even qualified since he doesn't live in the district. His campaign poured a bunch of money into the hoodie section 8 apartment areas, putting signs everywhere and going door to door handing out free t-shirts. His momma runs a Dim PAC.

robertsgt40's picture

Isn't this the same Georgia that had the feds hack into their voting system a couple months ago? And this putz doesn't even live in the district?  

Whoa Dammit's picture

Dindus who don't live in the district are upset because they weren't allowed to vote and were turned away at the polls.

thebigunit's picture

Great story.

But I always thought that voter fraud was a right, at least for Democrats.

ejmoosa's picture

You hope he loses the runoff.  Every Republican voter could have selected a candidate more closely tailored to their desires.  Of the top three contenders only one said what he meant and meant what he said: Hill.

The establishment Republicans here have lost their way.  They have told one too many folks to suck it up and support a candidate that was not a true conservative because that candidate could "win", and that it was for the good of the party.

That gig is up.  

Meanwhile in the same district, a City Council race in Johns Creek to replace Bob Gray, saw a candidate with principles defeat the candidate who the majority of the City Council supported by a margin of 2-1.

People are fed up with the establishment Republicans who are really RINOs.

The Republican Party continues to ignore the warning signs.

Ossoff is going to win the 6th in the runoff because Handel cannot generate a message that will resonate with true conservatives.

Laddie's picture

Well, overall, I would suggest he is quite pleased.

No Campus (Or Country) for White Men

Arnold's picture

Met with Earl Scheib.

Gonna change the colla on this sucka.

NoDebt's picture

"But it could weaken the already shaky hold Trump has on his fellow Republicans by encouraging lawmakers to distance themselves from him."

I think they're doing that on their own already.

By the way...

Border wall?  Ain't happening.

Tax cuts?  Ain't happening.

Just in case there was anybody left still holding out hope on these two remaining issues, allow me to disabuse you of those notions.

Name one issue the Rs think they CAN get done in 2017.  You can't, can you?  Because everything has been pushed into this mythical 2018 docket, where it will quickly become a 2019 docket issue due to the elections.  Then it will die outright.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

fuck you gramps..wanna bet he gets both?? not even after his 1st year and you think all is lost?..tighten that belt and suck it up..snowflake.

NoDebt's picture

You think he gets both?  I'll take that bet.  What are we betting?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

In defeat, call it a victory and go home. It is the way of the political landscape.

They will pass something and call it what it ain't. Just my opinion.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

one silver eagle..but remember this is after 8 yrs of Trump..I am told you are a little long in the tooth..LOL

NoDebt's picture

No, I can't wait that long.  We're talking before the 2018 elections.  Otherwise, I'd go one silver eagle with you.

He's got majorities in both houses of Congress.  If he can't get it done in the next 2 years, it ain't getting done.


HockeyFool's picture

"I am told you are a little long in the tooth"

Says the millenial that doesn't have 1/10th the net worth you do.  These snowflakes are frustrating to put up with.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

how about after his 1st term? cowboy??

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

give it a reasonable time frame..remember gramps DC would take a year to plan a one horse parade..

Arnold's picture

I like the Fortress concept.

Bike trail across the great wall top, hostels every 50 miles and interesting side trips.
Maybe a shooting range.

This is the way major construction projects are done, girls.
Now add the Federal Government ( Our Motto: We are here to help you) and it may take a while to go from concept to completion.

chiquita's picture

Bike trail across the great wall top, hostels every 50 miles and interesting side trips.
Maybe a shooting range.


How about amusement parks along the wall--adult versions as well as some for all ages?  A few good roller coasters that peek over the wall would draw some income.  Arcade games with themes for "protecting" the border (aka shooting games, whack a mole--the cartels like to build tunnels right?) might be real popular.  

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Hope springs eternal and dies hard.

Arnold's picture

Is there a Narcan for Hopium addiction?

Redhotfill's picture

I think new Speaker is an issue they can get done in 2017!

NoDebt's picture

If Trump had made soothing noises towards the Tea Party, er... Freedom Caucus... or whatever they're calling themselves this week, I might be with you on that.  But he didn't.  He lined up behind Ryan and the establishment.  Ryan stays.


Doubleguns's picture

Name one issue the Rs think they CAN get done in 2017.  You can't, can you?

Gorsuch!!! Promised AND done.

curbjob's picture

... and the biggest loser:  the America that thinks it matters.


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

millions to get nada..dems seem to have unlimited funds, what? hillary the butcher spent billion +, for nada...maybe there is hope.


wmbz's picture

I heard this skinny little douche bag on the "news" for a couple of minutes. Just another sad little libtard, that wants to take all of your stuff.

Give it to others, and of course, keep all of his. Same old shit.

OCnStiggs's picture

The widely held media narrative that "Trump voters are tired and angry with him and they'll vote Democratic now," is once again shown to be another falsehood.

The Progressive Elite Liberals are fooling themselves, aka the Russian Hack when their candidate stunk, literally.

Just wait for the mid-terms. Their lunacy will turn uber-angry compared to what we see today.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

antifa, is planning to increase violence in the streets..I am sure the FBI is on it. right mr comey?

nmewn's picture

eh heh...heh heh heh...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!

Robert Trip's picture

Karen got 19%

Ossoff will chew her up and spit her out.

Trump has screwed his base.

I didn't vote for a Napoleon but I got one.

Fuck the Republicans.

The same fuckers that have been screwing us for the last 8 years by licking Obama's balls are in control and they'll really fuck us over now.

McConnell and Ryan have just gotten started.

The only thing so far they have backed, including the entire campaign is the missile strike in Syria and the deployment of a strike force to Korea.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

ignore bobby ..tries to make sense, then well he is a insane delusions are mandatory.

economicmorphine's picture

Try to think a little bigger picture than just that twitching in your Levi's, Hoss.

66Mustanggirl's picture

The Democrats poured 12 million dollars and marshaled every national resource they had, including an All Star Hollywood lineup, to flip ONE Congressional seat. They failed. If they couldn't pull the trigger against a crowded Republican field, they don't stand a chance in a one-to-one race. I can't wait to see how much more they will end up pouring into Ossoff's losing campaign by June.

Pssssttt.......say Democrats......gobs of money and Hollywood star power does not make for winning elections. Haven't you learned that lesson YET???

Redhotfill's picture

How does a 30yr old with no job raise the kind of cash he did, and run for office like this?  WHO IS HE REALLY?  Seriously who's nephew / son is he?  Saw him on TV for a few seconds he is built like a 14 yr old so has never had real work.  Has to be a trust fund baby.

vened's picture

Is it a rhetorical question???  Because....

His father, who is of Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent <snip> Ossoff was raised Jewish.[10]

sevensixtwo's picture

Where do people get thier information regarding whether this guyis repping my meme or stealing it?  I feel like Jon Ossoff must be an entirely fictional identity inserted ex post facto into the historical record.  That doesn't mean he's evil for using a pseudonym, but how do people get their information about what it means?  Also, don't vote for women in government.  Vote for women to have children and do other womanly things.

PrintemDano's picture

Also, don't vote for women in government.  Vote for women to have children and do other womanly things.?   Yet you voted for Hillary.

soulcalibur's picture

Stolen  voting machines to the rescue!

buzzsaw99's picture

russian hackers strike again.

lolmaster's picture

pathetic fagboy will be the next soros stooge

buzzsaw99's picture

egad he's really full of himself too.

Greenspazm's picture

He should change his initial from "J" to T"...

Or replace "Oss" by "Jerk".


ogretown's picture

I am not sure that many people remember what a Toss-Off means anymore.  In our case, it referred to the hand action provided by the old homo who lived near the smoke shop. Teens would walk out of there with the oil change and a dollar or two in their jeans.  Sounds like one of the kids liked the action so much he changed his last name....

economicmorphine's picture

The Democrats could fuck up a one car funeral.