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After GOP Forces Runoff for Georgia House Seat, Trump Says Dems 'Failing'
President: Race now ‘Hollywood vs. Georgia’

Karen Handel, who faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in a runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat, speaks with diners during a campaign stop at Rhea's restaurant in Roswell, Ga., on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are “failing.”

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff fell about two percentage points shy of hitting the 50 percent threshold he needed to take the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday outright. He now will face Karen Handel, a former GOP Georgia secretary of state who led Republican candidates with just under 20 percent of the tally, in a runoff.

Opinion: How Jon Ossoff Became the Face of the Anti-Trump Fight
Liberal blog Daily Kos led the way in resistance to president

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff’s rise to national prominence happened largely thanks to the efforts of the liberal blog Daily Kos, Patricia Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, liberals in America were depressed, despondent, and asking themselves what to do next. David Nir, the political director of the liberal blog Daily Kos, had an answer and that answer was Jon Ossoff.

Nir and the Daily Kos team had been crunching the numbers from Trump’s election since the day after it happened. Which districts did Trump underperform in? Where were the opportunities for Democrats? They quickly noticed that in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which Mitt Romney won by 23 points in 2012, Trump had won by just a point and a half. Could Rep. Tom Price be vulnerable the next time around?

Trump Tries to Rally Republican Voters in Georgia House Race
President credits China for turning back coal, oil shipments from North Korea

President Donald Trump criticized Democratic House candidate Jon Ossoff on Tuesday morning, urging GOP voters to get to the polls in Georgia's 6th District special election in big numbers. He painted Ossoff as a tax-hiker and "weak" on crime. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is urging Republican voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to hit the polls in big numbers Tuesday, warning Democrat Jon Ossoff would “flood our country with illegal immigrants.”

And in an interview that aired early Tuesday morning, Trump flashed his dealmaker in chief approach to diplomacy when he credited China’s attempts to convince North Korea to drop its missile and nuclear arms programs.

All Eyes on Turnout in Georgia Special Election
Jon Ossoff thinks outright victory on Tuesday is ‘within reach’

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff speaks to campaign volunteers Monday before they head out to canvass the 6th District, one day before the special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ROSWELL, Ga. — Morning rain showers with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. That’s the forecast for Election Day in the House district that’s set for one of the most closely watched special elections ever. 

In the final hours of the race to fill Georgia’s 6th District seat, only one thing mattered to the leading candidates: turnout. 

Ossoff Not Getting Much Cash From Liberal Hollywood
Celebrity supporters include Jane Fonda and Wonder Woman

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff poses for a selfie with campaign volunteers as they head out to canvass the 6th District on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans have tried painting Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as a “darling of out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities,” but that’s largely an exaggeration, according to his latest campaign finance reports.

His Federal Election Commission filings show most celebrities who gave to the Democratic front-runner in Tuesday’s 6th District special election are not big-name Hollywood donors.

Trump Hits Georgia Democratic Candidate, Media in Tweets
Jon Ossoff calls president ‘misinformed’ after being slammed as ‘super liberal’

President Donald Trump warned about Democrat Jon Ossoff’s positions on immigration, taxes, and criminal justice in the Georgia special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Tom Price. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | President Donald Trump kicked off his twelfth week in office by labeling the Democrat in a special Georgia House race as “super liberal” and slamming the media for “slanted” coverage.

A day before Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will try to pull off a major upset in Georgia’s 6th District, which has long been safe for Republicans, Trump warned voters about Ossoff’s stances on immigration, taxes and criminal justice.

Republicans Attack Each Other in Race for Price’s Seat
Attention on Democrat Jon Ossoff increases as special election nears

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel can’t ignore her Republican opponents in Georgia’s 6th District special election. (Screenshot Karen Handel for Congress via YouTube)

Republican candidates are going after each other, with some arguing over who can most sound like President Donald Trump in the week ahead of the special election primary in Georgia’s 6th District.

Karen Handel, widely seen as the GOP front-runner, is the target of a six-figure ad buy by the conservative Club for Growth Action, which backs rival Bob Gray. The ad tags the former Georgia secretary of state as “a big-spending, career politician we can’t trust with our money.” 

Red Alert: GOP Chances Slide in Two Special Elections
Georgia’s 6th and Kansas’ 4th move in Democrats’ direction

Democrat Jon Ossoff, right, raised an eye-catching $8.3 million in the first quarter for his campaign for Georgia’s 6th District open seat. (Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress Facebook page)

Republicans might be riding high after Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, but reality could come crashing down on the GOP in two upcoming special elections. 

On April 18, voters will go to the polls in Georgia’s 6th District, vacated by Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Donald Trump narrowly carried the district over Hillary Clinton in the suburban Atlanta seat last fall, but it’s a traditionally Republican seat.

Club for Growth to Air TV Ad Against Handel in Georgia Special
Outside group has endorsed Bob Gray in race to replace Tom Price

Karen Handel has been the Republican front-runner in the special election to replace former Georgia Rep. Tom Price. (Courtesy Karen Handel for Congress)

Club for Growth Action is poised to air a television ad against early Republican front-runner Karen Handel beginning Wednesday in Georgia’s 6th District special election, according to a release first obtained by Roll Call and Inside Elections.

It’s a $250,000 ad buy on Atlanta cable, according to a Club source, and is scheduled to run through the initial April 18 election. If none of the 18 candidates receives a majority of the vote in the jungle primary, the top two finishers, regardless of party, will move on to a June 20 runoff. The conservative outside group endorsed one of Handel’s 10 GOP opponents, businessman Bob Gray, on March 14.

Actors Drive People to Vote For Ossoff
NRCC hits Christopher Gohram and Alyssa Milano for not being from Georgia

Actors Christopher Gorham, left, and Alyssa Milano drove voters to the polls for Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff. (Alyssa Milano/Twitter)

Actors Christopher Gorham and Alyssa Milano took the words “voter drive” literally as they drove people to vote early for Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia.

But Republicans said the celebrities’ volunteering in an out of state race was an example of how out of touch the Democrat is with the district.