Despite the fact that Democrat Jon Ossoff beat his nearest Republican challenger by 30 points, there will be a runoff on June 20th. Those are the rules. Ossoff will face former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.
Trump, in his inimitably incoherent style, called the results a “big R win.” Sure, if by “win” he means lose by a lot.
It’s going to be tough for Ossoff to pull out a victory in June in a seat that has been Republican since 1979, even if Trump won the district by only a point and a half in November.
The point is that Ossoff was a proxy for a lot of anger and annoyance directed at Trump. It would have been great if Ossoff had made it to 50 percent and avoided a runoff, but don’t let GOP talking heads like Joe Scarborough fool you, this is a big deal.
A lot of energy and resources on the D side, and that can’t be ignored.