Georgia 6th District congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, with his fiancee Alisha Kramer, leaves the stage during his election night party at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter Hotel Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 
Photo: Jason Getz/for the AJC
Photo: Jason Getz/for the AJC

Ga. 6th District: Data shows Ossoff came up short in North Fulton

In his race against Republican Karen Handel for the congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrat Jon Ossoff came up short in north Fulton County.

An interactive map from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution showing Tuesday’s voting results in the suburbs north of Atlanta, where Handel resides, shows a lot more red than blue.

Handel, Georgia’s former Secretary of State, beat the 30-year-old Ossoff by four percentage points – or about 10,000 votes – and voters in North Fulton had a big impact on her victory.

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Of the five cities in North Fulton – Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton – Ossoff won the majority of precincts in just one of them. Twenty-one of Sandy Springs’ 32 precincts were colored blue while 11 of them went red for Handel.

One of those precincts that Handel won in Sandy Springs, included the Hammond Park Gym polling location, where 55 percent of voters checked her name on the ballot. That precinct happens to be the home Ossoff’s Sandy Springs campaign office.

Ossoff came close to a draw with Handel in Johns Creek. He took 10 precincts while she grabbed 11. Ossoff won two of Johns Creek’s largest precincts too – in the precinct containing the Shakerag Elementary School polling location he captured 60 percent of 2,580 voters there; and 52 percent of the 2,272 voters casting their ballot in a precinct voting at Messiah Lutheran Church.

The North Fulton city where Handel dominated Ossoff was in Milton. Handel won 16 of the city’s 18 precincts, leaving just two for Ossoff.

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In April, when the 6th District ballot had many more choices, Ossoff took 10 precincts in Milton, Handel grabbed eight, and one went to former Johns Creek councilman, Bob Gray.

The two Milton precincts Ossoff won were small. While the neighborhoods were blue on the map, they accounted for just 1,236 votes in his favor.

In Roswell, Handel took 12 of the 20 precincts.

Ossoff did take a victory in the small town of Mountain Park. On the map, it’s a small section of blue buried in a deep red section of Roswell. The Democrat grabbed 52 percent of the 293 votes there.

Out of 216,835 registered voters in Fulton County’s portion of the 6th District, 123,176 cast ballots in the runoff, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

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