Trump also criticized the enthusiasm for Ossoff from people who don't live in Georgia's 6th congressional district. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Geor.
Ossoff ran his campaign as a referendum on the president - an action the Commander-in-Chief seemed to have noticed, as he tweeted seven times about the race on Tuesday including after the results had been reported.
(AP Photo/David Goldman). A voter casts a ballot in a special election in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. One week ago, Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in Kansas' fourth congressional district by a margin of less than seven percentage points.
Since 1978, when former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was elected to represent the 6th after Democrat U.S. Representative John James Flynt Jr. declined to seek reelection for the seat he held for 34 years, the District has been a Republican stronghold. In a district that Tom Price won by 23 points just last November, tonight was an early round victory for Democrats because of the hard work of Jon Ossoff and a groundswell of grassroots volunteers who organized, knocked on doors, and made phone calls to put Jon in a strong position to win in June.
Ossoff, who received 48.1 percent of the vote, will face Republican Karen Handel, who came in second with 19.8 percent, in an election on June 20.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped.
HANDEL: I - I would hope so. "Republicans are united. We know that this is an important race, and it's going to stay in the hands of a Republican, and I'm excited about the next 60 days".
"Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia", Trump said in a tweet. Great job Karen Handel! 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.
Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are "failing".
Democrats, therefore, felt confident that the area, which is home to a number of Atlanta's wealthiest and highly-educated suburbs, could be competitive in the special election.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez insisted Democrats have the momentum in the Georgia race, and made clear his party will not be shy about tying Handel to Trump.
"She's the person who supports Donald Trump's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act".