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President Trump credited himself with helping Republicans force the front-running Democratic candidate for an Atlanta-area House seat into a runoff.

Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Democratic congressional aide and filmmaker making his first run for public office, easily finished in first place. But he narrowly missed the 50%-plus-one-vote mark that would have given him the seat outright.

Instead he will meet Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff.

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President Trump at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
President Trump at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

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President Trump again tweeted about a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to replace the seat left vacant when Tom Price became his Health and Human Services secretary.

This time, Trump urged Republicans to come out and vote. Earlier in the day, he sent a tweet disparaging the front-runner, Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Ossoff is trying to escape a runoff by gaining a majority against 11 Republican contenders, and polls put him within striking distance of that goal.

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President Trump tweeted an approximation of a quote from author Michael J. Knowles, who was interviewed Monday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

Knowles, who is also described as a contributor to the conservative blog the Daily Wire, appeared on the show to promote his book, "Reasons to Vote for Democrats."

After a brief exchange of banter, anchor Brian Kilmeade asked him, "Do you think, when it comes to foreign policy, the last eight years are being exposed right now?"

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President Trump continued to comment on a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to replace the seat left vacant when Tom Price became his Health and Human Services secretary.

The day before, Trump ripped media coverage of the race, as well as a separate special election in Kansas' 4th Congressional District that took place April 11. In a tweet, he suggested that news outlets had downplayed Republicans' win in Kansas and would do the same if the GOP won the Georgia election, which is set for Tuesday.

The front-runner in the Georgia race is 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, who is trying to escape a runoff by gaining a majority over 11 Republicans.

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President Trump shared a link to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which put his approval rating at 50%.

Earlier in the day, Trump also retweeted a message from the Drudge Report linking to the same poll results.

There's some evidence to suggest that the Rasmussen result may be an outlier, as other recent polls have estimated Trump's approval rating to be lower.

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President Trump promoted his upcoming visit to Wisconsin by sharing a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that his election and early presidency have spurred a surge in optimism among small businesses in the area.

Trump planned to tout his call to "buy American and hire American" on Tuesday during a stop at tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc.'s world headquarters in Kenosha, Wis.

Snap-on said in a statement that Trump's visit is "an encouraging development in highlighting the essential nature of American manufacturing to our nation's future."

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President Trump derided media coverage of two special House elections spurred by vacancies created when Republican incumbents moved to the Trump Cabinet.

The first took place Tuesday in Kansas' 4th Congressional District, which Trump dominated in the presidential election. State Treasurer Ron Estes, a Republican, won a single-digit victory over Democratic civil rights attorney James Thompson. The outcome marked a far closer race than Democrats have pulled off there in recent years.

The second will take place this Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, where Republicans have held the congressional seat since 1979. Democrat Jon Ossoff is trying to escape a runoff by gaining a majority over 11 Republican rivals, and polls put him within striking distance of that goal.

President Trump tweeted about the growth of the U.S. military, which he described as a necessity.

That prompted a stern warning from Trump's senior security advisor, H.R. McMaster, who said Sunday that the president "will take action" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States.