Georgia Democrat puts Donald Trump's popularity to the test in Congress vote

Canvassers with Planned Parenthood in Georgia’s sixth district. CREDIT Kira LErner

It didn't quite work.

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Late Tuesday night, President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Georgia Republicans and celebrated a victory.

He garnered 48 percent.

Ossoff aims to win an outright majority in Tuesday's vote, a "jungle primary" with all 18 candidates from both parties on the same ballot. They spent over $8.3 million. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump wrote, alluding to celebrity donations that came in for Ossoff. Those in the race are split among Trump supporters and candidates trying to hold the president at arm's length.

"Only the Republicans could try to define this as a defeat for the Democrats", said Porter. Ossoff's vote is nearly exactly at the level where FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver gave him even odds of winning (or losing) a runoff. Republicans, by contrast, were sharply divided and split their vote among several contenders.

"You're looking at the top Republican vote-getter, y'all", said Handel, to cheers, claiming her spot in the slimmed down race a little after 11 p.m. So add the Georgia 6 Round 1 results to our ever-growing pile of reasons to take early vote results with a salt mine's worth of salt. We know what's at stake here and I don't think that any - this is about any one person.

Jackson also became part of his election campaign by recording a one-minute radio ad urging people to go out and vote.

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Ossoff is sounding equally confident. "That no matter what the outcome is tonight, whether we take it all or we fight on, we have defied the odds".

Georgia's 6th congressional district has always been a GOP stronghold, represented in recent decades by a pair of high-profile, far-right Republicans Tom Price and Newt Gingrich.

After bringing up the amount of money and resources Ossoff and the Democrats threw at the race, Spicer then described it as a defeat for them.

The result Tuesday night tees up another hard-fought contest in June likely to draw even more national interest.

An Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in Washington but could weaken the already shaky hold Trump has on his fellow Republicans by encouraging lawmakers to distance themselves from him.

As for whether Trump will campaign with Handel, Spicer said: "We'll see if we're needed".

Democrat sachems cleared the field for 30-year-old Jon Ossoff and showered him with millions of dollars. And Democratic leaders say they hope the energy he's stirred in the party's base will be a sign of things to come in next year's midterm elections.

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