Jon Ossoff, a true Democratic longshot to win the Georgia district once held by now-HHS Secretary Tom Price and before him by fellow Republicans Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson, came within a whisker of winning it outright in a special election today. He won 48.3% of all votes; Karen Handel, the second place finisher, won a distant 19.7%, but that was among some 17 Republican candidates. Those two will go to a runoff in June.
Now the Republicans will try to coalesce around Handel, a former Georgia Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate who lost to Nathan Deal in 2010. She then took a VP job with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which had just announced it was going to stop funding Planned Parenthood. That was a position she had taken in her race for Governor. She kept that job until 2012 when the Foundation reversed its Planned Parenthood policy. She ran for the US Senate in 2014 but lost.
Ossoff will try to raise more funds to fight off a scared Republican party. He’ll still have Trump to dump on, which should galvanize Democrats in the district.