Georgia 6th: What does Jon Ossoff do next?

Democrat Jon Ossoff during his concession speech. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Jon Ossoff smashed fundraising records and became a national Democratic star in his bid to flip Georgia’s 6th District. He also suffered a gut-wrenching loss by a wider-than-expected margin despite more than $30 million spent on his behalf to win the suburban territory.

Ossoff, 30, now faces a vexing dilemma: Does he challenge Karen Handel in 2018, this time facing an entrenched incumbent in a race that won’t get nearly as much national attention? Does he run for state office? Or does he take a breather from politics?

The Democrat has said that he would have to talk with his fiancée about whether he’d launch another grueling campaign for the U.S. House seat next year. And he’s scoffed at talk he’d join the crowded governor’s race.

But in his concession speech late Tuesday he hinted his political career is far from over. He called his race the “beginning of something much bigger than us” and urged his supporters to stay involved in politics.

“The fight goes on,” he said. “Hope is still alive.”

He would bring formidable advantages to another race: Massive fundraising list and a national profile. High name recognition from months of ads inundating metro Atlanta’s TV and radio markets. And a dedicated core of volunteers urging him on.

And he faces daunting liabilities, chief among them questions about whether he can compete in GOP territory after he failed to improve on Hillary Clinton’s performance here despite the massive spending and a legion of volunteers.

If he seeks other office, he also could have to jostle with the growing cadre of well-known Democrats seeking the formula to win in Georgia.

State legislators Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans are already in the race for governor. Former state Sen. Jason Carter, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and one-time acting U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates are among the other Democrats who could mount bids for higher office.

Ossoff, for now, is mum on his future plans. In a statement, he said it was “extraordinary” what his supporters achieved.

“We showed the world that in places no one even thought it was possible to fight, we can fight,” he said, “and we will fight.”

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361 comments
Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

Cry while getting a hug from Pelosi.

Teresa Nichols
Teresa Nichols

Jon ossoff maybe you should have thought more about answering that post about whether you are for legalizing Georgia for marijuana or not believe it or not 71% of Americans are for some form of use of marijuana. You should have answered the question.

Richard Vaughn
Richard Vaughn

Does this mean he moves back in with his parents? What jobs has he had that was not government?

Shelia Lomax
Shelia Lomax

When Donald Trump is ran out of Washington. Maybe he can get his job. A least we will have a man in the White house. Who cares about all of the American people. Donald Trump only cares about the money and power for him and his family. With out the gerrymandering he would be in Washington. Now we have another greedy Republican leader Karen Handel who is working for the millionaires and billionaires to represent them. Jon Ossoff please keep running for office. The Country is going to need you when Donald Trump and the Republican leaders finish destroying the Country with wars financial crisis and the next Great Recession. I hope everyone who voted for Karen Handel are the first ones who feel the financial crisis healthcare crisis and the wars that Donald Trump and the Republican leaders will bring to the Country.

Bill Nix
Bill Nix

Ossoff lost himself. He had no plans for the poor and middle class and did not capitalize on billionairecare. The biggest beneficiary of Medicaid are babies and children.

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

Oh yes it is.....he will go down as the BIGGEST LOSER in Democratic Political History...........

Dave Brooks
Dave Brooks

Try running for congress in your own district

Alan Coates
Alan Coates

Isn't it illogical to say his 'political career isn't over' if it never started? No one is a politician until he or she is elected into office.

Charles Thurmond
Charles Thurmond

he's done to a turn----couldn't even buy a small district seat----

Joan Steinhubl Laibson
Joan Steinhubl Laibson

He was inexperienced. Needed to start at local level. He was hand picked by Pelosi. A Pelosi puppet. How 'refreshing ' is that?

Joan Steinhubl Laibson
Joan Steinhubl Laibson

Good for him. Why not? If he was/is really serious about following a political career? He needs to start at a local level and get more experience. Decide exactly what/who he wants to represent. Am not sure, however , he himself knows that. His 'will continue the fight' comment doesn't leave one with a warm feeling about him. What 'fight?'

Maize Lindsey
Maize Lindsey

Your done in Georgia go try to find somewhere else because Georgia is too smart for you.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

Well.....HE NEEDS TO GROW UP. He smashed no fund raising records.....Pelosi and Liberal Holltwood SUPPORTED this petulous puppet. Just quit.

Jack Landers
Jack Landers

Surely the dems have another job for him.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

He could run for Congress from another more favourable district.

Sherry J. Robinette Howard
Sherry J. Robinette Howard

What does he do next? Bahahahaha Whatever the Democrats tell him to do! He is a puppet on a string!

Robert Williamson
Robert Williamson

Lay down and lick his,what ever he has down there.sure isn't balls.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

I hope he keeps running! Because Dems are much better at running this country. Right now we have a waffler in who had to get some help. Don't forget Bush Jr-8 years under Bush, with mismanaged hurricanes, unjustified wars, financial crisis due to protections being taken away from consumers, housing crisis, stock market crash and ultimately The Great Recession. That is not the future I want for my kids. I want people healthy, I want us to stand in the world as a leader of free people, I want consumers and workers protected. I want every person to be treated equally and to have an equal chance to be successful with a great education! It's not too much to strive for is it!?

Laurie Lane Cook
Laurie Lane Cook

Then You surely don't want democrats , those kids won't be "free" in a socialist government.

James Cook
James Cook

Entice violence and dumb protests. Assoff

David Blount
David Blount

I don't know anyone that believed he could win. Someone should investigate the "pollsters" for trying to influence the election in favor of ossoff.

Dan Brickle
Dan Brickle

You go get your palace ossoff! To bad you weren't a Berniecrat.. you could have taken it. Plenty of intellectual conservatives and wise republicans are down with the progressive movement and see the fail in not addressing the long term cost deficits of anything but health care and education for all. Share your burdens with one another so that the burdens are lessened on each of you. Sound familiar republicans? That's biblical and part of the conservative cornerstone:) Why wouldn't a decent human want every single one of their neighbors and their children to have access to a good education and healthy food and clean water. What about health care/mental health care coverage?

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

A berniecrat in that district? Those people like their money too much for that kind of socialism. Not a chance.

Dan Brickle
Dan Brickle

No socialism here. talking about a few socialist principles that have already been implemented in society by wise men and women that understood how to move towards a utopian like society. You do realize that is what government is all about? So Adding smart health care drags it to socialism for you? What a small scope you have. Pitiful.

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

Oh my. Im not sure we have enough common ground to even discuss this when you feel government (comprised of "wise men and women") is the key to a utopian society. You do have all the right action words to make these principles attractive to most anyone down pat.. however the devil is always the details.

Dan Brickle
Dan Brickle

You have the understanding when you want the understanding. And yes it is the key. Or maybe you believe yourself wiser than FDR and those who helped foster most of the decent aspects of our society that are still intact today.

Linda Mize
Linda Mize

Keep going Jon,republican money won this one...Handal is a joke..

David Meyer
David Meyer

30 million bucks down the drain. Ha, ha, ha,ha!!!!