Republican wins Georgia House seat, fends off upstart Democrat

Claudine Rigal
Juin 22, 2017

Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday night in what turned out to be the most expensive House race ever, held to fill now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's seat in Congress representing Georgia's sixth congressional district.

In the four races for red House districts vacated by Trump nominees, the Republican candidate won but the Democrat performed better than the party's candidate did in 2016.

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Also on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate fell 3 percentage points short of defeating a Republican in the race to fill budget director Mick Mulvaney's House former seat in SC.

Let's also not forget that there was another special election in South Carolina's 5th yesterday - a district that's even more Republican than Georgia's 6th - and in that race Republican Ralph Norman prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell by just three points, 51% to 48%.

Indeed, when Trump's White House tapped four Republican congressman for prominent posts in the GOP administration, the immediate assumption was that Republicans would have little trouble holding onto these seats.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory. We need to learn from that.

"Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" tweeted Trump, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back the candidate.

Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. "I think we could make it look handsome, too".

Trump was quick to celebrate the Georgia win and accused Democrats of standing in the way of a legislative agenda bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

Left-wing actors Jane Fonda, Chelsea Handler and Alyssa Milano all donated money and time to Jon Ossoff's failed campaign.

Democrats said they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district. The South Carolina race, in a district to replace Trump's budget chief, could have used more attention.

Democrats are 0 for 4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races in Kansas and Montana.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military.

Democrats had been hoping to make inroads with many of those in the group termed reluctant Trump voters. But the obvious hypocrisy touting the need for campaign finance reform all while outspending his Republican opponent by almost seven to one seemed lost on Ossoff.

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