A novice Democratic candidate weathered attacks from President Donald Trump and finished well ahead of his Republican rivals in a much-watched Georgia congressional race on Tuesday, but appeared to fall short of the majority he needed to win outright.
Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up as the top vote getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives.
The winner replaces Republican Tom Price, who stepped down to serve as Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ossoff benefited from a fractured Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasized their loyalty to Trump while others kept their distance.
National Republican groups spent millions of dollars painting Ossoff as a neophyte who does not live in the area he aims to represent.
An Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.
The party avoided embarrassment last week when it narrowly held a conservative Kansas seat vacated when Trump tapped Republican Representative Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
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