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

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

Ossoff will no doubt try to capitalize on anti-Trump energy among Democrats while appealing to moderate Republicans in the conservative district.

A young Democratic Party candidate has come close to winning an outright victory for a US Congressional seat in a staunchly Republican district in Georgia, in an early sign of trouble for the ruling party in next year's mid-term elections. Therefore, he will face a runoff election in June against Republican Karen Handel, the no. 2 vote-getter.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, with his girlfriend Alisha Kramer, after speaking to supporters in Atlanta as votes were being counted in a key Georgia congressional race, April 18, 2017. "We have shattered expectations".

Ossoff has pitched himself as a check on Trump and an opponent to Washington gridlock.

However, what is concerning is that why do Congressional Republicans perceive Ossoff as a threat and why did Trump want him to lose so badly?

Ossoff won all 51 precincts in East Cobb, where Donald Trump prevailed last November, and where Republicans are the only officeholders in federal, state and local government.

Ossoff almost pulled off a major upset win in a district comprising some of Atlanta's wealthiest, best-educated suburbs - an area that has been represented in Congress by Republicans for almost four decades. But Trump, his political brand at stake, painted an opposing picture.

Trump apparently called Handel Wednesday morning to congratulate her, according to a muted tweet she sent out. "It is now Hollywood vs Georgia on June 20th", he said.

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Democrats, out of power in Congress and the White House, need a spark to convince themselves they can take back all that they had lost.

Ossoff outperformed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cobb and DeKalb counties and was running ahead of Clinton's numbers in Fulton County.

As they see it, a win in Georgia could jumpstart efforts to retake the House in 2018.

"I would hope so", Handel said on CNN. In fact, Trump arguably gave Ossoff his opening in the first place.

"The reason is clear: voters are rejecting Trump and his policies". "MoveOn members are fired up - and if Ossoff doesn't top 50 percent tonight, we're ready to help him finish this race with a victory in June".

"[She used] our tax dollars to pay for her luxury SUV then jetted around on our dime", the ad says of Handel's tenure as Georgia's secretary of state". They came up short, and if you look at what - his percentage of what it was presidentially, it pretty much tracks.

For Democrats, Ossoff's near win encourages the opposition movement that has flourished since Trump's election.