Republican Karen Handel Defeats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia Special Election
SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia — Republican Karen Handel has won the special congressional election in Georgia, fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff in the heavily Republican House district, according to a projection by NBC News.
Handel’s victory in the closely fought contest, which drew national interest and was the most expensive House race ever at over $50 million spent, comes as good news for President Donald Trump. Democrats had promoted the contest as a referendum on the president.
With over 80 percent of the vote counted, Handel lead Ossoff 52 percent to 48 percent in a race that many expected to be much closer. Handel had 116,182 votes to Ossoff's 105,170 ballots.
"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated," said House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Democrats will call the outcome a moral victory, and note they've exceeded expectations in every special election this year. But it doesn’t change the fact that they’re 0-4 for congressional races, even after spending millions of dollars and and whipping up a hyper-motivated base.
Rarely, if ever, has a single congressional race attracted this much attention or been freighted with so much meaning.