Ossoff Only Earned 1.3 Percent More Than Clinton In Georgia's 6th

How Ossoff losing means that the GOP is in trouble.

In comparison, Handel reportedly raised just $463,000. Some saw the election, held to replace new Health Secretary Tom Price, as a test of the Republican president's political strength.

Elizabeth Simas, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston says the runoff in Georgia was a predictable outcome.

But the party nonetheless found a glimmer of hope Tuesday in another contest - one that most people hadn't heard about. Mr Trump's approval rating has not topped 50 per cent since he took office on Jan 20, according to polls.

"While special elections do have some predictive power, a simple analysis of special elections back to 1970 shows a fairly weak relationship between special elections and the following midterm election results". "I think we have a chance to pull it out today".

Trump weighed in heavily on the race, tweeting about it repeatedly in the closing days of the race and criticizing Ossoff by name.

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Ossoff's campaign was boosted by the support of numerous celebrities, including from Star Trek actor George Takei and anti-Trump talk show host Chelsea Handler, the latter of whom donated to the young Democrat and used her almost 7 million-strong Twitter following to urge Georgia voters to turn out.

He benefited from a fractured Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasised their loyalty to Mr Trump while others kept their distance. It's Tom Price country, but it's not Trump country.

"I don't know", Sanders told the Journal.

The Democratic National Committee has been searching high and low for a win that it could hang its hat on ever since Donald Trump - despite all odds - claimed the White House and the Senate remained in Republican hands.

And both parties have dispatched paid field staffers.

Having already endured several million in attacks from national Republican outfits, Ossoff said he's ready for more.

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"We want everybody who is supportive of Republicans, so absolutely", Handel told The Associated Press after taking a congratulatory call from Trump on Wednesday. Technology executive Bob Gray and two former state senators, Dan Moody and Judson Hill, are polling closest to Handel in a fight for the No. 2 spot.

Qualifying began on February 13 and concluded two days later as 18 candidates - 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two Independents - threw their respective hats in the ring.

"We have an incredible chance here, an extraordinary moment for Georgia", Ossoff told campaign volunteers as they headed out for a final round of door-knocking on Monday afternoon.

"I would have been more surprised it it hadn't gone to a runoff, with that many candidates", Simas says.

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