During today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked to provide the administration’s thoughts on yesterday’s special House election in Georgia’s Sixth District. In the much-watched race in the typically Republican district, Democrat Jon Ossoff finished first with roughly 48% of the vote, triggering a runoff with second-place finisher, Republican Karen Handel.
Fox News’ John Roberts wanted to know if Ossoff’s strong showing in the election was a “wake-up call” to Republicans about the changing demographics, particularly in the South.
Spicer noted that the reason why President Donald Trump won was the Republican Party had already made significant headway with the shifting demographics of the country. “This president got 306 electoral votes,” he explained. “I think we did pretty well in November.”
Roberts pressed him further over how close Ossoff came to winning the election outright yesterday due to how close he came to 50%.
The press secretary pointed to the fact that Ossoff was the only serious Democrat who ran while more than a dozen Republicans threw their hat in the ring. After bringing up the amount of money and resources Ossoff and the Democrats threw at the race, Spicer then described it as a defeat for them.
“I think this was a big loss for them,” he exclaimed. “The bottom line is they went all-in on it. They said that their goal was to get over 50%. They came up short.”
The runoff election for the House seat vacated by current HHS Secretary Tom Price is scheduled for June 20th.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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