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Georgia’s 6th Congressional District To Have A Runoff Election

Jon Ossoff was not able to get the 50% needed to secure a congressional seat.

April 19, 2017
Georgia’s 6th Congressional District To Have A Runoff Election Jon Ossoff speaks to volunteers and supporters in Roswell, Georgia.   Joe Raedie / Getty Images

The nation watched Tuesday night as Democrat Jon Ossoff attempted to win Georgia's 6th congressional district in a special election. Many saw the rookie politician's run as the first test of Democrats' ability to turn their anti-Trump anger into action.

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Ossoff ultimately received less than the 50% of the vote that was necessary to secure a congressional seat, but he did come close. In a "jungle primary" that had 18 total candidates, 11 of them Republicans, Ossoff won over 48% of the vote.

The 30-year-old will now run against Republican Karen Handel in a runoff election on June 20.

Georgia's sixth district consists of northern Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs. The district is historically Republican, and was represented by Tom Price from 2005 until 2017, when he was appointed by President Trump to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Ossoff is a documentary filmmaker and former Capitol Hill staffer who grew up in the district where he's running.

Even the President gave his opinion on the race. He tweeted about Ossoff four times on Tuesday.


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