Jon Ossoff, Democrat, led special election for Georgia U.S. House seat in early returns

April 19, 2017: Jon Ossoff, an upstart Democrat, last night, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, led a special election in a conservative Georgia Congressional district, but incomplete returns showed that he was barely clinging to the majority required to pull off a shocking upset in the Atlanta suburbs. Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Congressional staffer, sought to parlay opposition to President Trump into a victory that would rebuke the White House and embolden Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. With early voting totals and about half of the precincts in the election counted, Ossoff hovered right at the majority threshold required to win an eighteen-candidate primary outright in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District. But tens of thousands of votes remained uncounted, and Ossoff's lead was shrinking as more precincts rolled in across a district that has been held by a Republican since Newt Gingrich was elected there in 1978. The trends pointed increasingly toward a June 20, 2017, runoff election that would pit Ossoff against the top Republican vote-getter. The former Georgia Secretary of State was a distant second behind Ossoff but had a comfortable lead over other Republican candidates. Republicans nationally and in Georgia acknowledged before polls opened that Ossoff would top the slate of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who appeared together on one primary ballot. The question was whether Ossoff could win outright. The winner of the election succeeds Tom Price, who resigned to take the post of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Attribution: The Associated Press

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