An Ossoff victory, which almost came to pass despite the long Republican tradition in the district, would have sent even marginally vulnerable House Republicans into a panic that the unpopularity of President Donald Trump could bring them down next November.
Republicans have held the seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District for the past 40 years, but Democrats came close to nabbing it on Tuesday. Ossoff is a former congressional staffer and Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state.
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The Democrats "were clear going into this election", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "We will be ready to fight on and win in June if it is necessary", he said. Indeed, if Ossoff wins, Republicans may start to distance themselves from Trump, as his potential victory could indicate that the president's reputation is harming the GOP's prospects for midterm Congressional elections.
However, while they did make impressive strides in traditionally Republican districts, they have yet to prove they can win federal elections in the era of Trump. Tom Price is headed for a runoff after Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly missed winning a majority of votes. But Trump, his political brand at stake, painted an opposing picture.
"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia", Trump said in a tweet. "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th", Trump tweeted. Mr Spicer said Mr Trump could campaign for her "if needed".
Republicans say they could beat Ossoff in a one-on-one contest.
Spicer left open the possibility that Trump campaigns in Georgia ahead of the run-off.
Throughout Election Night, Ossoff stayed above the 50% mark, even after DeKalb County and Cobb County showed 100% of their respective precincts reported.
HANDEL: I - I would hope so. "The progressive energy out there is palpable", he added.
Sanders was then asked if Ossoff is a progressive. The question for Ossoff, and Democrats more broadly, is whether they can successfully link an establishment Republican like Handel to the less-than-popular Trump over the course of a two month, one-versus-one runoff slog. According to a source at the time, Handel was at the center of that decision, and in her resignation letter days later, she said that "I openly acknowledge my role in the matter".
"It does tell you this is the kind of seat that Democrats would and should focus on", he told CNN.