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Ossoff Falls Short As Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia’s Special Election

In a devastating loss for Democrats, Republican Karen Handel was the projected winner of Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s traditionally conservative 6th Congressional District, according to CNN, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and NBC.

“It was really all about the Republican candidate Karen Handel getting her Republican base to show up in force,” said Kerwin Swint, chair of the political science department at Kennesaw State University, just outside Atlanta. “That’s what made the difference.

Jon Ossoff was successful in eating into Handel’s base but obviously not quite enough to put him over the top.”

The outcome is especially painful for Democrats who viewed Ossoff’s candidacy as a prime opportunity to land a blow against President Donald Trump.

This is a developing story.

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