Donald Trump to Georgia Republicans: You’re welcome!

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Democrat Jon Ossoff before a crowd of supporters on Tuesday night. AJC file

One-third of the votes in the Sixth District contest have yet to be tabulated, but Democrat Jon Ossoff is now leading the field with 48.6 percent of the vote.

Now, back in November, Trump received 48 percent of the vote in this same congressional district, to 47 percent for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Karen Handel, the Republican who will face Ossoff in a June 20 runoff, declined to mention the words “Donald Trump” in her 10 minute victory speech.

Trump loyalists in the Sixth District contest fared poorly:

Bob Gray made allegiance to Donald Trump the cornerstone of his campaign, and he may have suffered for it. He got about 10 percent of the vote and came under a barrage of criticism over his pro-Trump bona fides.


And Bruce LeVell, head of Trump’s diversity coalition, got less than 1 percent of the vote. He also put Trump at the center of his campaign, and even made a last-minute trek to the White House to visit with the president, who didn’t endorse any candidate in the race.

Nonetheless, President Trump claimed victory a few minutes ago:



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