The high stakes of Georgia’s special election for an open House seat show no signs of letting up as the final two candidates race to the finish line with less than 60 days to go.
Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly failed to win a majority of the vote in the 6th District last week and avoid a runoff, dashing Democratic hopes of turning the race into an immediate rebuke of President Trump. Still, his campaign is keeping up the momentum that helped make the traditionally red district competitive, raising $500,000 one day after the primary.
Meanwhile, Republican Karen Handel, whose second-place finish in the primary earned her the runoff spot opposite Ossoff, quickly consolidated support from her previously divided party in an effort to fend off a major upset in the conservative suburban Atlanta district.
Democrats didn’t get the outcome they hoped for last Tuesday: Ossoff fell just 2 percentage points short of an outright win and now faces a steeper climb in the June 20 runoff for the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Ossoff, a 30-year-old investigative filmmaker, finished far ahead of any other candidate, but more people ultimately cast a vote for one of the 11 Republicans running than they did for Ossoff and the four other Democrats. Ossoff’s campaign hired more than 100 full-time staffers and spent nearly $2 million on field efforts.
Looking toward the runoff, the campaign said it will continue to hire dozens of new staffers and put precinct captains in all 209 precincts.
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