Georgia's 6th Congressional District has been a traditional Republican stronghold, represented in the 1980s and early 1990s by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. That means the virtually unknown candidate narrowly missed the 50 percent needed to prevent a runoff election.
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Fox News' John Roberts wanted to know if Ossoff's strong showing in the election was a "wake-up call" to Republicans about the changing demographics, particularly in the South. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20 between the top two: Karen Handel (R), who is pro-life, and Jon Ossoff (D), who is not. Price, now the president's Health and Human Services secretary, was re-elected with almost 62 percent of the vote in 2016.
Trump had indeed seemed aware the election was as much about him as those in the fray, and had seemed engaged in a stream of tweets through the day on Tuesday as the district voted.
"It's a test case for how far a Democratic candidate can go in a Republican district on the strength of opposition to Trump", said Todd Rehm, a Georgia Republican strategist who is not affiliated with any candidate in the race. Mrs Handel could benefit from having served as a Georgia secretary of state and from her party coalescing around a single candidate.
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Democrats, searching for answers at a time when they are shut out of power in Washington, found a unifying figure in Mr Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary film-maker who campaigned on a promise to "Make Trump Furious".
- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal endorsed 6th Congressional District candidate Karen Handel on Thursday. "They came up short". "Anything short of describing that as a loss is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that they literally said that is what they said would do".
Pundits said Mrs Handel will likely win the run-off, but on Tuesday the Republican said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Beating Ossoff and holding this seat is something that rises above any one person".
With the slogan "Make Trump Furious", Ossoff aims to galvanize opposition to a president struggling with an approval rating that has not topped 50 percent since he took office on January 20, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
For his part, Ossoff said for weeks that his goal was to win outright Tuesday.