Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

"I think the people in this district and Atlanta as a whole, I think they are probably exhausted of hearing about it but they need to pay attention because it matters right now", Jade Morey, a Handel supporter, told CNN outside a campaign event in the final days before Tuesday's election.

Republicans believe the run-off will favour them in an affluent seat they have held since 1979.

So this forecast confirms what most poll-watchers will tell you: Neither Ossoff nor Handel has a clear advantage.

Mr Ossoff narrowly failed to win the 50% needed to secure outright victory in the election for the Atlanta seat in April, forcing this run-off vote against Ms Handel.

But even with that pedigree, Trump barely edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, giving Ossoff his opening once Price was confirmed.

The outcome of Georgia's contest is likely to become a prism through which congressional Republicans view Trump - a reality with major policy and political implications. "Flip the 6th!" as the 30-year-old Ossoff, who is Jewish, took the microphone.

Ossoff, who once described his bid to take the GOP-controlled district as an opportunity to "make Trump furious", has since dialed back. He doesn't constantly refer to Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, directly either, instead pitching his "fresh leadership" against "career politicians". Ossoff hopes to maximize the district's Democratic base and pick up just enough independents and moderate Republicans who don't align with Trump. She welcomed him for a fundraiser in late April, but it was closed.

Handel maintained some distance from Trump in the primary but has fully embraced his support and agenda since, including a joint fundraiser.

After Scalise's shooting, the tensions in the race ratcheted up even more.

The president initially misspelled Handel's name, but deleted that tweet. Ossoff has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security - a hard worker who will never give up! He emphasizes it's mostly from individual donors. Mitt Romney carried the district by more than 23 points when he faced former President Barack Obama in 2012. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and two members of Trump's cabinet with Georgia ties - Sonny Perdue and Tom Price - have previously campaigned with her.

But as an increasingly well-educated, diverse suburban district it is exactly the kind of territory which Democrats need to flip if they want to gain the 24 seats necessary to reclaim the House of Representatives in 2018. Even a razor's-edge win in a district where GOP congressional candidates typically top 60% would be a stark reminder of the wave potential of the 2018 midterms. There's also a special election in SC on Tuesday to replace Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, in which the Republican is heavily favored.

It's the best shot the party has of the four House special elections this spring to win a seat that now belongs to Republicans. Ossoff criticized the ad for politicizing "a tragedy that has united the country".

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