Georgia voters streaming to the polls in pricy Congress race

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

In total, his campaign raked in $15 million from March 29 to May 31, for a total of over $23 million - a haul that has made this the most expensive House race in USA history.

Ossoff again said he will "do the best job possible representing the people of Georgia's sixth district", so Camerota moved on to asking about a recent ad from "a right-wing PAC" that linked him to the recent shooting at a Congressional Baseball Game practice for GOP congressmen that left Republican House Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.

For much of his campaign the young Democrat newcomer Jon Ossoff sought to harness local dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump, who carried this affluent, suburban district by only 1 percentage point in last year's presidential election.

Special congressional elections in Kansas and Montana - also to replace Republicans who joined Trump's team - were seen as a chance for Democrats to score first strikes against the administration.

"No one knows who he is", Handel, a three-time candidate for statewide office, told USA TODAY. The president vowed that she, if elected, "will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security".


Handel and Ossoff have tried to say this race isn't about Trump or Washington, but the president and the GOP agenda on Capitol Hill have dominated the campaign.

Real Clear Politics polling data shows an extremely tight race, with Handel at 49 percent and Ossoff at 48 percent. Most voters aren't paying much attention to the candidates when they go to vote, which means they're probably thinking big picture. That portrait quickly allowed him to attract national support; almost 95 percent of the $8.3 million Ossoff raised prior to the April 18 "jungle primary" came from outside of Georgia.

Jon Ossoff is a 30-year-old former congressional staffer turned documentary film-maker.

NY [U.S.], June 20:U.S. President Donald Trump has urged voters to vote for Republican Karen Handel, who is fighting a close race against Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff in a highly anticipated District 6 race of Georgia on Tuesday.

The suburban Atlanta district has traditionally swung Republican, though trends have begun to shift. She barely mentioned him ahead of finishing second to Ossoff in an April primary but welcomed him for a private fundraiser later that month.


Trump weighed in on Twitter late Monday and early Tuesday, attacking Ossoff for living just outside the district, claiming Ossoff will raise taxes and calling Handel a hard worker "who will never give up!"

The Atlanta-area race is the kind of contest Democrats need if they want to take back control of the House or Representatives next year. National Republicans' House campaign arm added $4.5 million, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chipped in another seven figures. While individual donors may not have shown Ossoff level support for Handel, she has benefited from support from outside groups.

Democrats have plenty of energy nationally, but it hasn't translated to the electoral scoreboard.

Whoever wins or loses it is going to affect how they react to President Trump going forward.


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