Large margin of victory for GA-06 Dem offset by Republican frontrunner
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are set to go head-to-head in a runoff election following results for on April 18.
Ossoff and Handel emerged as the two frontrunner candidates out of a field of 18—one by a large margin, the other by a narrow foothold.
Ossoff received 48 percent of votes, just shy of the 50 percent required to claim the seat outright. Handel’s 19.8 percent put her in second place, edging out Bob Gray, Dan Moody and Judson Hill, who ranged from 8.8 to 10.8 percent.
Ossoff received as much as 83 percent of the vote in certain areas of the 6th Congressional District. His strongest turnout was in DeKalb County, where he received 58.6 percent of the vote.
Handel’s main area of support was northern Fulton County, which showed the Republican candidate won as much as 39 percent of votes cast in certain precincts.
A lull in poll returns from Fulton County occurred between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., just as Ossoff hovered above 50 percent. The eventual returns from Fulton sealed the fate of the two candidates.
As no candidate received the majority vote, a runoff election will take place in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District—made up of portions of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties—on June 20.
According to Ossoff, the vote percentages send a clear message to his opponents and his constituents.
“This is already a remarkable victory—we defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June,” Ossoff said. “They said it couldn’t be done. And when they realized we were ahead, they threw millions of dollars against us. But no amount of dark super-PAC money can overcome real grassroots energy. Because our campaign is built upon a new vision for our district: making Metro Atlanta the Silicon Valley of the South, cutting wasteful spending and bringing back accountability to Washington, and fighting to protect women’s access to health care. I want to thank all of the volunteers who pounded the pavement, knocked on doors, or made phone calls. This is the most inspiring team I’ve ever had the honor to be a part of. Onward to victory.”
Handel thanked her voters and vowed to keep the 6th Congressional District seat in Republican hands.
“I am truly humbled by the faith and trust the people of Georgia’s 6th District have placed in me,” Handel said. “Throughout my life, I have been called resilient, tough, even stubborn and it is that same fighting spirit I will take with me to Congress. But the hard work isn’t over yet. I would like to thank all of the Republican candidates who had the courage to run and I ask for all Republicans and conservatives to come together against Nancy Pelosi and her liberal lightweight, Jon Ossoff and keep this seat in Republican hands.”
According to the DeKalb County voting office, more than 11,400 people from DeKalb County voted early in the 6th Congressional District race. Early voting lasted until April 14 at DeKalb’s voting office on Memorial Drive and Dunwoody Library.
Ossoff was one of five democrats attempting to claim the congressional seat, running against Ron Slotin, Rebecca Quig, Richard Keatley and Ragin Edwards.
Handel emerged as the victor out of 11 Republican candidates. In addition to Gray, Hill and Moody, others included David Abroms, Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan, Keith Grawert, Amy Kremer, Bruce Levell, William Llop and Kurt Wilson.
Two independents also ran for the district seat—Alexander Hernandez and Andre Pollard.
United States Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price vacated the 6th Congressional District seat in November following his appointment.
Should Ossoff go on to win the runoff election in June, he will be the first Democrat to claim the 6th Congressional District seat since 1978.
DeKalb County cities partially and wholly included in the 6th Congressional District are Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, and parts of Brookhaven.
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