Atlanta, April 19, 2017 — Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off in a runoff election for 6th Congressional race on June 20.
Ossoff received 48 percent of the vote, which is higher than previously predicted. Republican Karen Handel got nearly 20 percent.
Democrats maintain that Ossoff could still win the second phase of the contest, against Karen Handel, who finished second in the race. And Ossoff says that the fact the race was even competitive is proof that the political tide has turned against the GOP since Trump became the President.
“We have defied the odds, we have shattered expectations,” said Ossoff late Tuesday night. “We are changing the world, and your voices are going to ring out across this state and across the country. There is no amount of dark money, super PAC, negative advertising that can overcome real grassroots energy like this.”
“Let’s celebrate and get some sleep and hit the ground running so that on June 20, we keep the 6th district red and kick a little Ossoff,” said Handel to roaring applause at her election headquarter.
Republican donations likely will begin to pour in for the runoff, now that one of the eleven Republican candidates in the race will go up against Ossoff in the June 20 runoff.
President Donald Trump has weighed in on the race, calling the runoff a victory for Republicans.
Trump tweeted, “Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG *R* win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”