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The Latest: Trump tweets about potential runoff in Georgia

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DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District election. (all times local):

1 a.m.

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a runoff for a greater Atlanta congressional seat with national implications.

Ossoff harnessed opposition to President Donald Trump to lead an 18-candidate ballot in the typically conservative district. But he fell short of the majority needed to win outright.

Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.

A two-month runoff campaign will test both parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Ossoff has pitched himself as a check on Trump and an opponent to Washington gridlock. Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state and has largely avoided talking about Trump, who lagged other Republicans in the district last November.

Tom Price resigned the seat to become Trump’s health secretary.

12:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted that Georgia’s special congressional election was a “Big ‘R’ win” as late results seemed to indicate a runoff in the race led by an upstart Democrat.

The president has attacked Georgia 6th Congressional District candidate Jon Ossoff on Twitter over the past two days.

Tuesday night, Trump wrote: “Despite outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, Big ‘R’ win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!”

Feeding on opposition to Trump, Ossoff raised more than $8.3 million from across the country as he tries to flip a seat that has been held by a Republican since 1979.

Although technical difficulties have delayed a final tally, Ossoff has dropped under the 50 percent threshold required to win the 18-candidate primary outright. If he falls short, he’d likely face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff.

12 a.m.

Democrat Jon Ossoff has dropped below the majority vote he needs to avoid a runoff in Georgia’s nationally watched special congressional election.

Late Tuesday, upstart Ossoff fell under the 50 percent threshold required to win the 18-candidate primary outright in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. If he falls short, he’d likely face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff.

Technical difficulties uploading results in one county were delaying the vote tally.

Ossoff is trying to pull a major upset in the conservative district that stretches across the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

11:45 p.m.

Officials in one county are having technical difficulties that have delayed the count in Georgia’s nationally watched special congressional election.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is clinging to a narrow majority in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. DeKalb and Cobb counties have reported all their votes. But Fulton County still has almost 100 precincts to count.

A spokeswoman for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says Fulton is “having technical issues with uploading results from their memory cards” taken from voting machines. She calls it a “county issue” but says Kemp’s office is trying to help.

Ossoff is trying to pull a major upset in the conservative district that stretches across the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

If Ossoff

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