President Donald Trump applauded Republicans competing in the first big special election of his presidency on Tuesday night.

Georgia's 6th congressional district race ended with Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel headed toward a June runoff.

Ossoff won about 48% of the vote. Handel, his closest Republican challenger, secured roughly 20%.

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Ossoff had sought to claim the congressional seat outright on Tuesday, but fell short of the 50%+ needed to avoid a runoff.

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