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Democrat Jon Ossoff is the far-and-away top vote-getter in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. However, while not all votes have been counted, Ossoff is headed for a runoff election in June with Republican Karen Handel.
The New York Times is providing live election updates as the precinct totals continue to trickle in. As of 12 AM Eastern Time Wednesday morning, with 177 of 210 precincts reporting (84 percent of the vote) CNN declared Ossoff the winner of the special election primary, though his runoff with Handel is likely to be very close.
Ossoff leads the pack with 48.7 percent of the vote in Fulton County, where 72 percent of votes have been counted. Cobb and DeKalb Counties have finished counting their votes, and Ossoff easily won both with 41.3 percent of the vote and 58.6 percent of the vote, respectively. This is remarkable for a Democrat, as Donald Trump won Fulton and Cobb Counties in the November 2016 election with 48.9 percent of the vote and 55 percent of the vote, respectively. Fulton County results may take some time to come in, as WSB-TV in Atlanta is reporting that voting machines are reporting data errors in some precincts.
JUST IN: Rare data error from one of the cards means Fulton Co. will have to manually go through hundreds of cards to find the culprit.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 19, 2017
All the precincts in the district — which encompasses the suburbs of Atlanta — finished counting in-person absentee votes before 9 PM Eastern Time, and Jon Ossoff came away with 62 percent of all votes in the 18-candidate primary. Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted that Ossoff won the absentee vote in 205 of 210 precincts in the traditionally Republican district that Newt Gingrich once represented:
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) April 19, 2017
Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman tweeted that according to recent polls, this gives Ossoff the possibility of winning a majority of all votes cast tonight and winning a seat in Congress outright without having to continue campaigning for a runoff election. NARAL Pro-Choice America executive director Ilyse Hogue broke down how Ossoff did compared to the rest of the field:
Breaking: #GA06-wide, Ossoff (D) has won 62% of the in-person absentee vote. Most estimated he needed 61%-64% to have a shot at 50%.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) April 19, 2017
All #GA06 early votes are now counted:
• Ossoff 31,132- 62.0%
• Handel 7,095- 14.1%
• Moody 4,230- 8.4%
• Gray 3,457- 6.9%
• Hill 2,674-5.3%
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) April 19, 2017
Ossoff, who is just 30 years old, is running for the seat vacated by Tom Price, who left Congress to join President Trump’s cabinet. Price represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for 12 years, and the district has been represented by a Republican since 1979.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.