Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel in June after narrowly missing the majority needed to claim victory.
Needing 50 percent, Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote and faces the top GOP candidate.
Donald Trump, who had launched half a dozen tweets yesterday against Ossoff, took credit for the results early Wednesday morning, tweeting:
“Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
Said Ossoff after the race was called: “This is already a remarkable victory. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.”
Handel has much better chances in a runoff as she will have the full support of the party in the traditionally deep red district, rather than having it split among several GOP candidates.