Relief for Trump after Democratic candidate fails to win first round of Georgia congressional election setting up a knife-edge run off in key seat
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will meet in a June 20 runoff
They are both vying for the congressional seat of Republican Tom Price
It has been held by a Republican since Newt Gingrich took the seat in 1978
Ossoff led an 18-candidate field of Republicans on Tuesday, winning 48.1 per cent of the votes, compared to Handel, who received just 19.8 per cent of votes
Price resigned from his position to join Trump’s cabinet as health secretary
The election is a measure of what could come in the 2018 midterm elections
By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN
DailyMail.com19 April 2017
A Georgia congressional election is headed to a runoff that will intensify national attention on the race, which poses an early test for President Donald Trump and both major parties.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, and Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, will meet in the June 20 runoff for the seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
But as they campaign across the northern suburbs of Atlanta, they will act largely as proxies for the political atmosphere in Washington and across the country.
Ossoff led an 18-candidate field of Republicans, Democrats and independents, the entire slate placed on a single ballot to choose a successor to Republican Tom Price, who resigned to join Trump’s administration as health secretary.
But Ossoff fell just shy of the majority required to claim Georgia’s 6th Congressional District outright, opening the door to Handel, who finished a distant second but ahead of a gaggle of Republican contenders.