Possible Wake Up
Call For GOP:
In Closely Watched Georgia Race, Democrat & Political Novice Almost Captured Outright Long Held Conservative House Seat
April 19, 2017
(GEORGIA) -- How mad are some voters at President Trump? This angry. A Democrat and political novice named Jon Ossoff fell just short Tuesday of capturing a House seat in a longtime hardcore conservative stronghold in Georgia.
Jon Ossoff talks to supporters Tuesday night. CLICK to enlarge.
Many attribute his strong showing to Donald Trump's unpopularity. Ossoff received a stunning 48.1% of the vote, just short of the 50% he needed to win outright.
So it will be he and the other top vote-getter, Republican candidate Karen Handel - who got just 19.8% by comparison - who will face each other in a runoff election in June.
However, Ossoff's journey from here on is seen as a, "Likely uphill climb for Democrats now that the Republican vote in a reliably GOP district will be consolidated behind one candidate," said CNN.
From the CNN piece:
"Democrats saw it (the Ossoff challenge) as an opportunity to drive a wedge between Trump and congressional Republicans fearful that he could drag down the party in the 2018 midterms -- while also delivering a psychic boost to an energized progressive base.
"They nearly pulled it off. It was a strong showing for the Democrats in an unusual "jungle primary" in a district that Mitt Romney won by 23 points in 2012, and where Republican Rep. Tom Price was re-elected with nearly 62% of the vote in 2016 before being named Trump's health and human services secretary."
Ossoff told his supporters Tuesday night. "This is already a victory for the ages...no matter what the outcome is tonight -- whether we take it all or whether we fight on -- we have survived the odds. We have shattered expectations. We are changing the world. And your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country."
The New York Times said Ossoff's strong showing has thrown, "A scare into Republicans in a special congressional election that was seen as an early referendum on President Trump."
Ossoff, 30, has never before held a public office or run for one. He is documentary filmmaker and former congressional staff member.
The district he is running in hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since the Jimmy Carter administration.