In what proved to be the most expensive House election ever, Democrat Jon Ossoff came out on the short end.
Ossoff was defeated in the 6th Congressional District special House election by Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday.
Despite the loss, Ossoff delivered a message of hope to the roaring crowed during his concession speech. He thanked his voters, volunteers and his girlfriend Alicia for helping him through to the end.
“A few moments ago, I called secretary Handel, I commended her on a hard-fought race and on her victory this evening,” Ossoff said. “Let me address you, the more than 12,000 of you who, as darkness has crept across this planet, have provided a beacon of hope for people here in Georgia, for people across the country and for people around the world…and it’s had nothing to do with me, it never has. It’s about you, it’s about an extraordinary community at an extraordinary moment in history.”
Ossoff didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but spoke about we are living in an important moment in time, and his campaign showed that Democrats can fight when the odds are against them (Georgia 6 is notoriously red).
“(We had the) first opportunity to make a statement about values that we can still unite people,” Ossoff said. “At a time when politics have been dominated by fear and hatred and scapegoating and division, this community stood up, women in this community stood up, and you picked this campaign up and you picked me up and you picked Alicia up and you carried us on your shoulders and showed the world that in places where nobody thought it was even possible to fight, we could fight. We showed them what courage and kindness and humility are capable of.”
“This is not the outcome any of us were hoping for, but this is the beginning of something much bigger for us,” Ossoff ended his speech by saying.
Before Ossoff took the stage, the crowd at his campaign party started shouting “this is what democracy looks like.”
Polls before Election Day showed an extremely tight race, and Handel outperformed those projections. A Democrat hasn’t represented the district in the House since 1979.
Georgia 6th District Runoff Election: Live Voting Results & Updates
Karen Handel is the projected winner of the special House election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff.
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