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US Democrats aim to 'make Trump furious' in Georgia election

Georgia's 6th District Special Election Results Democrats try to turn a House seat blue Georgia's 6th District Special Election Results: Democrats try to turn a House seat blue
Alfredo Watts | 21 April, 2017, 19:04

Democrat Jon Ossoff came within a hair's breadth of dealing a major blow to President Trump Tuesday night, leading a crowded field of nearly a dozen Republicans but falling just short of winning a Georgia Congressional seat outight.

Karen Handel, who emerged as the Republican candidate out of last night's 6th District Congressional primary in Georgia, speaks to CNN's Alyson Camerota about her plan to win in the June election.

Indeed it does. We'll be hearing a lot about Georgia's special congressional election for the next nine weeks, because the results on June 20 could give us an early reading on whether Democrats in 2018 have a decent shot of taking back the House - and embarrassing the buffoon in the White House.

Tuesday's election also narrowed the crowded field of eleven Republican candidates down to just one: moderate Republican Karen Handel, who is heavily favored to win in a district that hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1979. If Ossoff had won at least 50%, he would have secured the seat outright.

Tom Price exited the 6th District earlier this year to become President Donald Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services.

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff refused to say whether he would vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to be Speaker of the House if Democrats regained the majority even though the current minority leader has been a outspoken supporter of Ossoff and even held a fundraiser for him.

And as much as we can extrapolate from one single Atlanta suburb, Ossoff's near-win portends Democratic strength going into the 2018 congressional midterms.

The hotly contested race carried major implications as a gauge of President Donald Trump's popularity - and Trump himself seemed to grasp the high stakes, playing a direct role in its closing days with robocalls and by attacking Ossoff repeatedly on Twitter.

It also serves notice that GOP candidates may always struggle to handle Trump's polarizing effects; he engenders an intense loyalty among his core supporters but alienates many independents and even Republicans. "Glad to be of help!" he wrote late on Tuesday.

Handel treated Trump gingerly throughout the campaign in a district he barely won in November. His closest Republican rival got only 20 percent.

Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.

Komen did not withdraw their funding from Planned Parenthood in the end, and low-income women who needed breast exams could keep receiving them, thanks to Handel not getting her way.

Republicans believe a two-candidate scenario will embolden conservative voters and make it harder for Ossoff to campaign above the fray as he has thus far. "Partly because I think he will insist on it", said Dr. Kerwin Swint of Kennesaw State University.