Apr 19, 2017

Soaring Ossoff falls short of outright victory in Georgia

Bill Barrow / AP

Democrat Jon Ossoff — a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker powered by $9 million in donations — got by far the most votes in the special election to fill HHS Secretary Tom Price's House seat in Georgia, but fell short of the 50% threshold needed to win outright. He'll now face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff in June.

The results with 86% reporting: Ossoff 48.6%, Handel 19.5%, with 16 candidates splitting the rest.

Why it matters: This special election was viewed as a referendum on President Trump, who spent the days before the election blasting off a series of tweets bashing Ossoff. Early on Wednesday morning, the president weighed in, again:

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