President Donald Trump called Karen Handel Tuesday night to congratulate her on a well-fought race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.
"Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th," the tweet read, pointing toward the runoff election next month between Republican Handel and Democratic upstart candidate Jon Ossoff, who narrowly missed winning the race outright with a 48.1 percent margin to Handel's second place finish with 19.8 percent of the vote.
Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
The president weighed in on the race with several tweets over the last hours of the race, and into Wednesday, taking credit for a "win" in Georgia.
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
On Monday and Tuesday, Trump barraged Ossoff with attacks and implored Republican voters across the 6th District to get out and vote.
Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress. VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes. Say NO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6. Force runoff and easy win! Dem Ossoff will raise your taxes-very bad on crime & 2nd A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
Just learned that Jon @Ossoff, who is running for Congress in Georgia, doesn't even live in the district. Republicans, get out and vote!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
His tweets were supplemented with a recorded robocall to constituents, insisting that Ossoff would be bad for voters across the nation.
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The 6th District, based in Atlanta's northern suburbs, has long been a Republican stronghold, dating to 1978, when it was won by Newt Gingrich.
Handel was very pleased to receive the support from the White House, and with her campaign is looking toward the runoff campaign.
Handel rival Bob Gray very quickly pledged his campaign's support to Handel Tuesday evening.
Other Republican rivals were expected to follow suit, bringing the expected margin in the June runoff much closer than the wide berth in Tuesday's race.