Trump: ‘Runoff will be a win’ in Georgia special election

Trump: ‘Runoff will be a win’ in Georgia special election
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE said late Monday that a runoff in Georgia’s special congressional election Tuesday would be considered a win.

Trump’s tweet was his second Monday concerning the Tuesday election in Georgia to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.


The president also recorded a robocall Monday urging Georgia’s voters to defeat Democratic candidate Jon OssoffJon OssoffKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack MORE there.

“[He will] raise your taxes, destroy your healthcare, and flood our country with illegal immigrants,” Trump said in the call.

“Liberal Democrats from outside Georgia are spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican congressional seat away from you. Don’t let them do it.”

Georgia is holding an all-party special election in which any candidate can win the seat outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote.

If no candidate reaches that threshold on Tuesday, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers in June.

Time magazine’s White House correspondent said Monday that Trump’s late-night tweet calling a runoff a win may be a sign of the GOP working to lower expectations.  

And a producer for MSNBC’s “The Last Word” said the runoff tweet shows there's "some concern” among the party’s members about the outcome. 

Price, a Republican, won reelection in 2016 in the conservative district by more than 20 points before joining Trump’s administration.

Democrats have painted the race as a referendum on Trump and his administration’s policies, with the party hoping to turn the reliably red Georgia seat blue this year.

Ossoff is the clear Democratic favorite there, with experts predicting his best chance at victory is Tuesday should voters fail to coalesce around a single Republican in the crowded field.

Ossoff is leading the polls with about 43 percent to GOP candidate Karen Handel's 17 percent, according to the Huffington Post poll last updated on Saturday.