Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

We’re closing out the evening with the disappointing news that Republican Karen Handel has won the special election runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff, according to projections by NBC News.

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Ossoff’s campaign attracted national attention for presenting a significant challenge to Handel in a district that is traditionally heavily Republican and inciting the most expensive House race in history, weighing in at over $50 million. According to the New York Times, Ossoff, a 30-year-old political neophyte, raised $25 million for his campaign from progressive backers who ardently wished the runoff to symbolize a national refutation of Trump’s rise to power.

Handel won the election with 52.6 percent of the votes to Ossoff’s 47.4 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary, won the district by 23 points in 2016. So it’s not as if the needle hasn’t moved at all, far from it.

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Back in April, when neither candidate earned 50 percent of the vote and a runoff was announced, Trump of course blamed the media and threw sarcasm at the situation for good measure. Just so you know, and never forget it, that he’s the biggest baby in the tweets.

And here’s Trump reacting to the Tuesday night results, momentarily becalmed as he suckles on his pacifier of ignoble affirmation.

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In his concession speech, made Tuesday night, Ossoff called the election the country’s first opportunity, “to make a statement about values that can still unite people.”

contributing writer, nights

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bearbrian
Bear Brian

Yeah, I know, a single-digit loss in a district R’s won by 20 points last year, blah blah blah. Anybody else depressed as fuck right now? We are stuck with Trump and his evil brethren for the foreseeable future, and if there’s anything worse than Trump, it’s Trump thinking he won something. That’s Trump at maximum asshole, and I don’t have the stomach for it anymore.