Trump likely to loom in 6th district runoff

  • Trump likely to loom in 6th district runoff

Trump likely to loom in 6th district runoff

Handel, who said Trump called to congratulate her on Wednesday morning, dismissed Ossoff as a well-funded novice who would flounder as Republicans consolidated support behind a single candidate.

The victor in Georgia will succeed Republican Tom Price, who resigned the seat to join Trump's administration as health secretary.

Ossoff ran his campaign as a referendum on the president - an action the Commander-in-Chief seemed to have noticed, as he tweeted seven times about the race on Tuesday including after the results had been reported.

For his part, Ossoff said for weeks that his goal was to win outright Tuesday. The government is funded through April 28. A senior Senate aide said limiting charitable giving is "within the realm of possibility", though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has not explicitly raised it in his meetings with some Republican senators. Mr. Ossoff now goes to a June 20 runoff.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the district offers the ideal setting for Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.

The outcomes in Kansas and Georgia also serve notice that GOP candidates may struggle to handle Trump, who engenders an intense loyalty among his core supporters but alienates many independents and even Republicans.

In the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump only won the "red" 6th District over Democrat Challenger Hillary Clinton, by just 1 percentage point, giving Democrats hope they can "Flip the 6th".

"I think she will embrace Trump".

"The intensity and the momentum here is driven by the grassroots at the local level", Ossoff recently told Salon's Simon Maloy.

The race is seen as an early test of strength for the president, and Ossoff insisted his performance in a district held by Republicans since 1979 showed Trump's party is beatable on their own turf in the current political landscape.

However, while they did make impressive strides in traditionally Republican districts, they have yet to prove they can win federal elections in the era of Trump. "Glad to be of help!" he wrote late on Tuesday. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP-aligned Super PAC, and National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's political arm, spent millions of dollars attacking the Democrat in TV and digital ads. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.

She credited Trump with helping get out the vote and vowed, "I will prevail". By contrast, the Republican Party mobilised about US$2 million in counter-advertising, portraying the Democrat as an outsider who is "too liberal".