Jon Ossoff Falls Short of Upset in Georgia, Forced Into Runoff with Republican Karen Handel in June

UPDATE [4/19/17, 1:15 a.m. EST]:
Having made a strong showing in a predominantly Republican district, it appears that Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff this coming June.

UPDATE [4/19/17, 1:07 a.m. EST]:
The Associate Press reports the same.

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:59 a.m. EST]:
The New York Times has also called the election as having ended in a stalemate and leading to a June runoff.

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:55 a.m. EST]:
If the runoff numbers skewed exactly as the did tonight (as of 12:55 a.m.), considering votes distributed to other candidates within the same party, here is how things would look:
JON OSSOFF: 92,222
KAREN HANDEL: 78,972

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:42 a.m. EST]:
CNN has called the election, claiming no candidate will meet the required 50% or more of the vote to secure a victory.

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:31 a.m. EST]:
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan has released a statement in which he alleges that the evening’s results will lead to a runoff in June.

“Congratulations to Karen Handel for running a successful campaign and advancing to the run-off.

Karen Handel is a proven leader who is committed to solving our nation’s problems and meeting our biggest challenges head-on. Karen Handel will be an effective representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, like my good friends Tom Price and Newt Gingrich, and I’m looking forward to helping her win this election on June 20th.

In Karen Handel, Georgians will have a dedicated public servant representing them in Washington, D.C., and someone who understands how to get the job done. Her record of getting results for The Peach State is exactly why I’m proud to fully support Karen Handel’s candidacy for Congress.”

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:17 a.m. EST]:
President Donald Trump weighs in.

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:08 a.m. EST]:
Here is Jon Ossoff’s speech at his HQ:

UPDATE [4/19/17, 12:02 a.m. EST]:
As technical difficulties seem to be over and results come in from Fulton County, Ossoff’s lead dips under 50 for the first time in the evening, landing at 48.61%. In her previous remarks from her HQ, Republican Karen Handel conceded to a runoff in June. Ossoff, in his remarks, did not seem ready to admit to the likelihood.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 11:59 p.m. EST]:
Democrat Jon Ossoff finally addresses those in attendance at his headquarters:

“I know it has been a long evening, and it looks like it may be a longer one. We may not know the outcome for some time. But let me tell you this: There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. We will be ready to fight on and win in June — if it is necessary — and there is no amount of dark money, Super PAC, negative advertising that can overcome a real grassroots movement like this. So bring it on.”

UPDATE [4/18/17, 11:56 p.m. EST]:
WSB-TV, the ABC affiliate for the Atlanta Metro region, is reporting that a “rare data” error is to blame for the technical difficulties in Fulton County.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 11:35 p.m. EST]:
According to CNN’s Don Lemon, Fulton County, the last to be reported upon, is experiencing technical difficulties with their voting booths. Ossoff has yet to address supporters at his camp.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 11:16 p.m. EST]:
Republican frontrunner Karen Handel is giving a speech at her camp. About Ossoff and possibility of a runoff, she said:

“We have a lot of really hard work ahead of us, and it starts now, but friends we’ll celebrate a little tonight and then we need to consider that it just might be time to send another set of pearls to Washington. So let’s celebrate and get some sleep and hit the ground running tomorrow so on June 20th we keep the 6th District red and kick a little Ossoff.”

UPDATE [4/18/17, 10:44 p.m. EST]:
With 100% reporting in Cobb County, Jon Ossoff officially takes 41% of the county. His lead now hovers just over 50%. All precincts have also reported out of DeKalb County, leaving only Fulton County. The likelihood of a runoff between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is becoming more and more evident.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 10:08 p.m. EST]:
Jon Ossoff’s lead has fallen to just 50.43%. With just about one-third of the precincts completely reported, the likelihood of a runoff is increasing.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 9:51 p.m. EST]:
With just over 40% of precincts reporting, Ossoff’s lead has fallen to 50.96%, putting him just above the 50% mark that he needs to avoid a runoff election in June. Handel’s vote percentage is up to 18, with Hill edging out Bob Gray for 3rd place.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 9:14 p.m. EST]:
With 19.5% of the precincts reporting, Ossoff remains in the lead with 48,094 votes. Karen Handel trails behind him, though gaining, with 13,767.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 8:38 p.m. EST]:
With 12% of the district reporting and 6 of 210 precincts complete, Ossoff remains the frontrunner with 61%, trailed by Handel with 14%.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 8:26 p.m. EST]:
Early votes from Cobb County are being reported, and with 4% reporting the standings are Ossoff 63.43%, Handel 11.41%, Judson Hill (R) 9.14%

UPDATE [4/18/17, 7:55 p.m. EST]:
Absentee ballots from DeKalb county have been counted. With 9,485 votes counted, Ossoff leads with 71.3% followed by Republican Karen Handel with 10.79%, then Republican Dan Moody with 9.11%.

screengrab/Georgia SOS Kemp Website

UPDATE [4/18/17, 7:18 p.m. EST]:
Results are expected to begin rolling in around 7:45 p.m. Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is comprised of three counties, 210 precincts, and 445,095 registered voters, according to a website created by Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp to monitor the election results.

UPDATE [4/18/17, 7:04 p.m. EST]:
Polls have closed in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District’s special election. Very early exit polls show high turnout in more Democratic areas of the district. Conversely, there seems to have been lower turnout in the more Republican areas.

The special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District took place today, and the polls officially close at 7 p.m. ET. The race features 18 candidates, with the most notable being Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Check back here often for updates on the results, reported live from Ossoff’s election night party.

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