Trump slams Ossoff, praises Handel in tweets

Aaron Brown
June 21, 2017

A May 22 poll by SurveyUSA for Atlanta TV station WXIA showed Ossoff with 51 percent compared to Handel's 44 percent.

Polls ahead of Tuesday's vote indicated the race virtually tied, signaling a huge shift from the vote for the same seat seven months ago, and one that Republicans have held since 1979.

Many see the Georgia race as a potential preview of the 2018 midterm elections. Handel won't be representing the 6th district in some subtle and nuanced way that differs meaningfully from how a Republican member of Congress from OR or OH would.

"It's a big race, the stakes are high but it is about doing what is right for the people I hope to have the honor of representing", said Ossoff over the weekend. They argue Ossoff's near-win in the first round already bodes well for Democrats running in other suburban districts where Republicans don't start with such a fundamental advantage.

The most expensive congressional race in US history headed to a tight finish on Tuesday as voters in suburban Atlanta cast ballots in an election that was seen by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

"Very, very encouraged by things". As Politico reported, more than 140,000 ballots were cast as of early voting deadline on Friday. That makes it hard, they say, to know what the numbers actually mean. After shaking Handel's hand at a wood-paneled barbecue restaurant on Monday, Johns, 71, said he's amazed at the level of attention on the race.

Trump is referring to Karen Handel, the former Georgia Secretary of State who is locked in a tight race with Jon Ossoff - a Democrat who has mounted an unlikely challenge in this once reliably red district.

Polls close at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 20.

The seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District became vacant after prominent Republican Tom Price went to serve as President Trump's health secretary. State officials, though, say they're confident the technology is secure. Mr Ossoff hopes to maximise the district's Democratic base and pick up just enough independents and moderate Republicans who do not align with Mr Trump.

Attorney David Ware said he voted for Ossoff because the Democrat defends the Affordable Care Act - President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Trump wrote. "He wants to raise taxes and kill healthcare". I feel good about where we are. She anxious that he did not live in the district and might be out of touch with residents.

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She's also known for being a Susan G. Komen Foundation executive in 2012 when the organization sought to cut off its support of Planned Parenthood.

Trump barely won in the same district, topping his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by one percentage point.

Handel supports Trump's decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump also held a fundraiser for Handel while in town for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in April.

But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race. Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district. He raised $23 million for his campaign, but most of that came from outside of Georgia from liberal enclaves like NY and California. He emphasises that it is mostly from individual donors.

Handel has benefited from outside money, too.

The PAC's ad flashes a screenshot of the letter sent to Handel, as well as the image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a decapitated head that resembles Donald Trump.

"They spent tens of millions of dollars picking up this seat".

That's exceptionally more than what an average House race costs, about $1.4 million for a winning campaign as of 2014.

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