- The polls have closed in the 6th Congressional District runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Sixry percent of voters in the district have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 29% of Georgia voters overall, according to 2015 US Census data. Ossoff's campaign claims that their average contribution is $42.52.
Karen Handel, the Republican candidate, has a long history in politics, including running for other elected positions.
Turnout is on track to far exceed what is normal even for a November midterm and certainly beyond expectations for a special election.
Democrats also lost a special election in neighboring SC today, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now serving as Trump's budget director.
The special congressional election in the sixth district in Georgia, the most expensive in the history of US politics and the leading political news story of the last days, ended early Wednesday morning in a victory for Karen Handel, the Republican nominee, who managed to defeat her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff.
Democrats need to flip 24 GOP seats to win a majority in the House next year.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in the Facebook video Tuesday morning that Georgians' right to vote for their public officials should never be taken for granted. The Palmetto State district hasn't seen the erosion of support for Trump that Georgia's 6th did last November though, and Republican state Rep. Ralph Norman is expected to beat Democrat Archie Parnell, a former tax attorney and financial adviser. Handel's supporters points to a core of backers who have followed her through thick-and-thin as well.
Ossoff, 30, a political newcomer, drew national attention to his campaign with the anti-Trump slogan, "Make Trump Furious".
Research shows that as the partisan divide has grown in the U.S., more educated voters have tended to lean Democratic.
"My pledge is to be part of the solution, to focus on governing", she said.
Handel also thanked the president in her victory speech, prompting chants of "Trump!" from supporters. She rarely mentioned the administration, despite holding a closed-door fundraiser with the president earlier this spring.
Congresswoman Handel is aligned with the GOP's leaders. She also welcomed a parade of national GOP figures to Atlanta to help her raise money, with Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence holding fundraisers following Trump's April visit. But Republicans made the issue central to their campaign.