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Final Pitches Made in Nationally Watched Georgia House Race

Final Pitches Made in Nationally Watched Georgia House Race

The race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is seen as a significant political test for the new Trump Administration and spending could top $50 million, making it the most expensive House race in US history. Candidates running for Congress do not have live in the exact district they are seeking to represent.

The latest example in Georgia, in a district that Trump carried and that Republicans have controlled for decades, shows that the GOP is deeply concerned about losing what should be a guaranteed win for them.

Across town, a boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chants "Flip the 6th!".

Most everything comes around eventually in politics.

The race between Ossoff and Handel remains a close one.

Though the seat has been safely Republican for a generation, Handel has been unable to claim a significant lead over her Democratic rival, 30-year-old investigative film executive Jon Ossoff.

With a price tag of more than $50 million, both parties are using the House seat as a barometer to gauge their political power in the age of Trump.

Issue One estimates that almost half of the money dumped into the race has been controlled by outsider groups, such as the political action committee behind an attack ad tying Ossoff and Democrats to the Alexandria shooting that left a Republican congressman in critical condition.

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"I'll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us", Brad Carver, GOP chair of the 11th District, said over the weekend.

Ossoff and Handel were the top two finishers in an April 19 primary, and advanced to the June 20 one-on-one runoff.

Not all that money, of course, came from within the suburban Atlanta district, or even from the state. The president in his first draft of the tweet misspelled Handel's last name.

Ossoff "wants to raise taxes and kill healthcare", Trump added. Ossoff has not taken those positions. Ossoff says any tax changes should be "fiscally responsible".

"I was asked about the Congressional baseball game shooting and its effect on the Congressional Race in the 6th District". In the overall district, over 140,000 voters cast their ballots early for the runoff, compared with 57,000 in April. The former Army intelligence officer assembled an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle while blindfolded to mock Republican attacks that he was weak on the Second Amendment.

An aggressive air campaign by Handel and allied groups, targeting Ossoff and his national security record, could be moving the needle. As Politico noted, the polls don't necessarily account for a number of factors unusual to the race, including Ossoff's allocating millions of dollars in funding toward turning out new voters - whose numbers are much harder for pollsters to anticipate.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is blasting as "disgraceful" a last-minute ad that attempts to link the Georgia 6th Congressional District candidate to last week's shooting of a Republican House leader at a GOP baseball practice.


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