Trump likely to loom in 6th district runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, nearly turned a GOP stronghold blue Tuesday night in a special election to see who will take over Georgia's 6th Congressional District, CBS News reports.

"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Jon Ossoff led a splintered GOP field by a wide margin, but did not top the necessary 50-percent threshold in the race for Georgia's 6th congressional district, prompting a runoff election in June against former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Democrat Jon Ossoff almost won Tuesday night's special election outright thanks largely to voters angry over the presidency of Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump coming to town could be the biggest thing to happen to congressional elections in years", said Todd Rehm, a Republican strategist and founder of the blog, told VOA. Some saw the election, held to replace new Health Secretary Tom Price, as a test of the Republican president's political strength.

Here's the takeaway from Tuesday's special election in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District: Democrats and Republicans have reasons to be concerned.

Pundits said Mrs Handel will likely win the run-off, but on Tuesday the Republican said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Beating Ossoff and holding this seat is something that rises above any one person". "Glad to be of help!" he tweeted.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the district offers the ideal setting for Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018.

If this is the Republican Party's secret weapon in keeping control of this hotly contested seat in Georgia, then they're in big trouble.

Democrats called the showing a referendum on Trump's presidency.

Trump blasted Ossoff on Twitter and said in a robocall that the Democrat would "raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants".

Trump earned the lowest percentage of votes compared to any other Republican presidential candidate in recent history with 48.3 percent.

Adding it up: "Already, Republican candidates and outside groups have had to spend over $7 million against Democrats in a series of deeply conservative districts". Or just a minor setback for Republicans, who can still hold the seat in the June runoff?

He took credit for the results shortly after midnight on Wednesday - even though his unpopularity nationally and in the district is why the race is competitive in the first place.

Handel spends most of her efforts touting her record in public office, but makes a point to join in the Pelosi bashing.