Trump Tees Up A ‘Hollywood vs Georgia’ Runoff After Ossoff Narrowly Misses Win

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning spun the results from Tuesday night’s special election in Georgia as a win for Republicans because the leading Democrat in the race narrowly missed winning it outright.

Republican Karen Handel earned 20 percent of the vote, compared to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 48 percent, so the two will compete in a June 20 runoff to decide the fate of an open seat in the U.S. House. Though no Republican candidate clinched the seat or outperformed Ossoff, Trump insisted the results represented a win:

Trump also framed the upcoming runoff as “Hollywood vs. Georgia,” a reference to Ossoff’s fundraising prowess and the celebrities, like actress Alyssa Milano, who helped him campaign. As it turns out, Ossoff did not pull much of his more than $8 million in campaign cash from big Hollywood donors.

The President published a similar tweet Tuesday night declaring that a runoff represented a victory for Republicans:

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