Democrats invested over $8.3 million and thousands of volunteer hours in the Georgia special election but only received a 1.3 percent gain over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 46.8 percent in November 2016.
Ossoff attempted to make the special election all about President Donald Trump. The young Democrat named his first official fundraiser “make Trump furious.” The leadership of the Democratic party quickly jumped behind the message with several high-dollar fundraisers hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
Trump earned the lowest percentage of votes compared to any other Republican presidential candidate in recent history with 48.3 percent. Former candidates Mitt Romney earned 61 percent and John McCain earned 59 percent in the district.
Republican challenger Karen Handel is expected to have an advantage in the runoff election scheduled for June 20 due to the fact that more voters supported Republicans than Ossoff at the polls Tuesday.
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