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Ossoff Unable To Avoid Runoff In Georgia Special Election

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In a race widely seen as an early referendum on President Donald Trump, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell just short of the votes needed to secure an outright win in Georgia's special election on Tuesday.

The race to fill the House seat previously held by Health And Human Services Secretary Tom Price will now head to a runoff election in June.

Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer, received 48.1 percent of the vote but fell short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia Secretary of State, will face Ossoff in the runoff election after coming in second with 19.8 percent of the vote.

The so-called "jungle primary" included a number of Republican candidates, which divided the GOP vote in yesterday's election.

With Republicans able to consolidated behind one candidate, Ossoff is expected to face an uphill battle in the runoff election.

Ahead of the release of the final tally, however, Ossoff told supporters they had already achieved a "victory for the ages."

"No matter what the outcome is tonight -- whether we take it all or whether we fight on -- we have survived the odds," Ossoff said.

"We have shattered expectations. We are changing the world," he added. "And your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country."

With the election seen as a referendum on Trump, the president attacked Ossoff on Twitter and recorded a robocall to Republicans in the district in the final days of the race.

Trump seemed pleased with the outcome and took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to tout his impact on the election.

"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG 'R' win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!" Trump tweeted.

He later added, "Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th."

The runoff election is likely to closely watched, as Republicans seek to hold on to a seat that has been in GOP hands since 1979.

by RTT Staff Writer

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