Race for U.S. House Georgia seat goes to June 20, 2017, runoff election

April 20, 2017: Jon Ossoff, a Democrat making his first bid for elective office, narrowly missed winning a heavily conservative U.S. House of Representatives district in Georgia outright in a special election held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, receiving 48.1 percent of the votes cast in an eighteen-candidate race. Ossoff’s near-win threw a scare into Republicans in a special Congressional election that was seen as an early referendum on President Trump. Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat, and he will face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter, in a June 20, 2017, runoff election. A documentary filmmaker and a former Congressional Staff Member, Ossoff, 30, had hoped to avert a runoff in the Sixth District, a Republican-dominated section of the Atlanta suburbs that had been represented by Tom Price, who left the House seat to take the post of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Handel, 55, who received just under 20 percent of the vote, is a former Georgia Secretary of State, and she is viewed as an establishment-friendly Republican. While she has struggled in her two previous campaigns, losing primary elections for Governor and Senator, she is now expected to receive the full support of a party that dominates Georgia politics, as well as nearly unlimited resources from Washington Republicans, in the runoff election campaign.

Attribution: The New York Times

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