Georgia special election headed for overtime

Georgia special election headed for overtime

By Elena Schneider (Politico) –

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel have advanced to a runoff in the special House election in Georgia, with Ossoff narrowly missing out on an outright win, prolonging a campaign many Democrats have come to see as an early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Ossoff had 48 percent of the vote in the all-party primary when the Associated Press declared that he would head to a runoff. Handel, Georgia’s former secretary of state, had 20 percent, about twice as much support as the next-highest Republican in the fight for second place in the all-party primary.

The results are coming in after $14 million worth of campaign ads and 18 candidates piling into the race, as Democrats look for electoral evidence as to whether they can turn anti-Trump fervor into gains at the ballot box by grabbing a traditionally Republican House district that covers a slice of suburban Atlanta that President Donald Trump carried by less than 2 points in 2016.

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