Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Posted June 22, 2017

Ms Handel has handled Mr Trump gingerly.

And that brings us back to Georgia 6: It's a reluctant Trump district.

"Ossoff's campaign has long held that it has the edge in voter enthusiasm - a more committed base of voters who will flock to the polls regardless to support him".

"Karen Handle's opponent in #GA06 can't even vote in the district he wants to represent...." the commander-in-chief wrote, incorrectly spelling the candidate's surname. Similarly, there was a 20 point swing in a Kansas special election and 15 point shift in Montana last month.

The questions about his residency, like most of Handel's attacks, are aimed at giving pause to the Trump-skeptical Republicans and independents who Ossoff needs to win in this heavily GOP district. Clinton carried 23 districts where Republicans won House seats a year ago - exactly the number Democrats would need to retake the majority as voting started on Tuesday.

Ossoff has seen a small lead over Republican Karen Handel in some of the latest polls of the race, but surveys of sixth district voters have shown a very tight race throughout.

Turnout is on track to far exceed what is normal even for a November midterm and certainly beyond expectations for a special election.

Handel celebrated the early numbers with her supporters at an area hotel, saying she improved on her April primary performance.

"This race was going to require all hands on deck, and that's what we had", Handel said at her victory party.

Ossoff wants an upset that would rattle Washington ahead of next year's elections. Polls closed at 7 p.m.

It's a re-election to fill a House of Representatives seat left vacant by Tom Price, who joined the Trump administration as secretary for health and human services and was entrusted with the most important Republican task of undoing Obamacare. State officials say they're confident the technology is secure.

Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent $30 million trying to flip. In that contest, Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell by just about 3 points to succeed Trump's Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The president held a fundraiser for her early on, and sent out tweets on her behalf in the final days of the race, including Tuesday night. Lever, who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid, was optimistic going into the evening, but later said the Georgia 6th would always be "a very hard race" for Democrats. Democrat Jon Ossoff is hoping charisma and financial support from D.C. Democrats can capitalize on the president's weakness in the district, which saw the most expensive congressional campaign in history.

The former Georgia secretary of state defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s. Trump barely edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 6th in November.

"Tonight I stand before you, extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege and high responsibility that you. have given me", Handel told a boisterous crowd that chanted Trump's name. Ossoff grew up in the district but now lives just outside the border near Emory University, while his fiancee finishes medical school.

"He was more than gracious and he thanked me for a spirited campaign". He emphasizes it's mostly from individual donors.

Research shows that as the partisan divide has grown in the USA, more educated voters have tended to lean Democratic. Volunteers from around the country flocked to help him on the ground, too, and with that money he was able to build an impressive ground game.

Ossoff, 30, initially drew national attention with the slogan "Make Trump Furious", but lately he has avoided mentioning the president and focused on local concerns. National Republicans' House campaign arm added $4.5 million, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chipped in another seven figures.