Republican: 'All Hands On Deck' In Congressional Runoff

Stakes high for Trump Democrats in Georgia House race

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According to Politico, Ryan will hit the trail in an effort to stave off surging Democrat Jon Ossoff, who fell just two points shy of 50 percent in Tuesday's special election and managed to win the largest share of the vote for any Democrat in that district since it was established. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, finished in second and will face Ossoff in the runoff on June 20.

Former State Senator Judson Hill, who represented District 32 (East Cobb and a portion of Sandy Springs) until resigning to run for Congress, pulled in almost 11 percent of the vote on his home turf.

The district's congressional seat has been occupied by the GOP since 1979 when eventual Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich first won election to the house of representatives. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June. "Every single vote Jon Ossoff receives is a rebuke of Trump from within GA-06".

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement Wednesday morning that the Georgia outcome showed voters are "fed up with Republican leadership". But Trump, his political brand at stake, painted an opposing picture.

While Jon Ossoff did not get the more than 50 percent of the vote to win the election outright on Tuesday, the young Democrat is headed to a June 2 runoff against top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel.

In another question regarding President Trump, Camerota asked if he "will come to Georgia and campaign with you?"

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.

As for whether Trump will campaign with Handel, Spicer said: "We'll see if we're needed".

Democrats still hope Ossoff can capitalize on Trump's lackluster popularity - his poll numbers lag at around 40 percent, a record low for a new president. "The progressive energy out there is palpable and the volunteers are out there".

Sanders was then asked if Ossoff is a progressive.

"I think it's overstated the effect that what is going on in Washington has on a local race like this, where local issues are the most important thing to voters", Ossoff said. "What did the president tell you?" the CNN co-host asked.

Ossoff, a former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker, ran on a pledge to "Make Trump Furious".

Ossoff has been counting on uniting Democrats in Georgia's special election.

For Republicans, Ossoff's strong performance acts as another wake-up call alongside the closer-than-expected win in a House special election last week in archconservative Kansas.

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