Democrats Fail To ‘Teach Trump A Lesson’ And Capture Georgia Seat – Runoff Scheduled

Democrats tried – and failed – to turn all their anti-Trump energy and propel a young, inexperienced carpetbagger candidate to Congress.

It didn’t work.

Democrat Jon Ossoff failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote in Georgia’s special election in a crowded field of 18 candidates. The race was to fill the conservative congressional seat vacated by Tom Price, who is now Health and Human Services secretary. The seat once belonged to Newt Gingrich.

Now a special election. But since Ossoff didn’t reach the 50 percent mark, he will face off against the second-place finisher Karen Handel in a June 20 special election.

Democrats were hoping that Ossoff – who doesn’t even live in the district he’s running to represent – would win outright, buoyed by more than $8 million from national Democrats and early vote returns.

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What were the official results? With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote. Handel had 19.8 percent.

“No matter what the outcome is tonight, whether we take it all or we fight on, we have defied the odds, we have shattered expectations,” Ossoff said.

While it seems like Ossoff could fare well in the special election, there is now a chance for Republicans to “reload,” as The Hill describes it, behind one candidate.

Ossoff is a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker with little experience in the real world, aside from working on a couple campaigns.

What are the Democrats saying? New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan lauded Ossoff’s result.

“Ossoff has already defied the odds in this long-held Republican seat, and it’s clear that he has the enthusiasm and support he needs to be a very strong contender against Karen Handel in the runoff,” he said.

“Not only are these results an indication of Ossoff’s impressive grassroots campaign and powerful economic message, it’s clear that voters strongly oppose Republican-controlled Washington and its priorities, and are ready to send more independent voices to Congress.”

What did Trump have to say? A lot. On Twitter, he twice posted about the election, even taking credit for the result.