That's seen as a warning sign for Republicans, as Mr. Trump struggled to win college-educated whites in the last election.
Polling day took a freaky turn in the district when key electronic voting logs were swiped from a Cobb County poll worker's pickup truck.
The special election was held to fill the seat of former Rep. Tom Price, who was named Trump's secretary of health and human services.
The president's approval rating has not topped 50 percent since he took office on January 20, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
Ossoff's candidacy is credited with bringing liberals in this fiscally conservative community out of the closet. Ossoff is a former congressional staffer and political newcomer who managed to raise a staggering $8 million ahead of this election.
Mr. Trump's perceived weakness in the district, along with its changing demographics, convinced Democrats to pour millions of dollars into the race.
Early vote tallies in the 6th congressional district Tuesday night immediately pushed Ossoff to the head of a crowded field.
Ossoff will now face off against Handel, who emerged as the second top vote-getter, ahead of 10 other GOP candidates. And on Tuesday, Ossoff came within inches of capturing a seat that's been in GOP hands for decades while campaigning as a vessel for the anti-Trump resistance.
Ossoff failure to win outright is a win for Trump, who had repeatedly attacked the Democrat.
Democrat Jon Ossoff has dropped below the majority vote he needs to avoid a runoff in Georgia's nationally watched special congressional election.
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He was a weak supporter of the Remain campaign, and efforts by Labor legislators to unseat him have failed. May's governing Conservatives now have a slight majority, with 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.
Late Tuesday night, Ossoff was jubilant about his showing in the race. And his November victory gave the district's left-leaning voters a jolt of energy, with Ossoff becoming their fresh-faced standard-bearer. "My family is still there".
"We will be ready to fight on and win in June if it's necessary", Ossoff said.
"It's something I've been very transparent about", he said. There were five Democrats, 11 Republicans, and two independents in the race; with no candidate winning a majority, the top two, regardless of party, go into the runoff, to be held June 20. State Sen. Judson Hill, endorsed by Gingrich and Florida Sen.
A political group supporting Trump, the 45Committee, which has ties to the same donors behind Ending Spending, launched a spot attacking one of those self-described Trump loyalists, Johns Creek city Councilman Bob Gray.
For Democrats, the race also offers a preview of its 2018 roadmap.
The district is in the relatively affluent and conservative suburbs of Atlanta.
It took a sudden evolution for the district to become competitive at all. Mr Estes, the former state treasurer, defeated Democrat James Thompson by seven percentage points in Kansas's 4th congressional district, a safe Republican seat. Trump bested Hillary Clinton in the district by just 1.5 points.
The district, which spans parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties, has been in Republican hands since 1979. It was the first time a Democrat had won Cobb County since Georgia's Jimmy Carter was on the ballot.
While Ossoff's massive haul was impressive, Republicans were quick to point out that 95 percent of that came from outside the state, buoyed by progressive blogs like Daily Kos and fundraising platforms like ActBlue. Party officials say they can beat Ossoff once the primary is over and they unite behind a single candidate. That sum dwarfs what any Republican candidate has spent on the contest.
Mr. Price, stepped down earlier this year to join President Trump's Cabinet, defeated his Democratic challenger in 2016 by almost 30 points.