High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in a Georgia special election

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Karen Handel: Running as a staunch conservative in a district where that normally plays well, Handel is relying on her extensive record in both public and private life.

The contest to replace Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), now Secretary of Health and Human Services, was originally viewed as a "bellwether" test of President Trump's policies, but as enormous sums of money have flowed in to Ossoff's campaign treasury from the country's liberal bastions in California, Massachusetts, and NY, the contest has become more "one-of-a-kind".

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(AP Photo/David Goldman). Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. "Because moderates and independents in this district are exhausted of left-wing extremism". Both sides have placed major emphasis on turning out voters who participated in Georgia's presidential primaries previous year but did not vote in April - and there are more Republicans than Democrats in that pool of potential voters.

If November was the height of political winter for Democrats, the party faithful have been desperately searching ever since for the first signs of spring.

Winning in this once-safe GOP district would follow House special election victories this year in GOP-held districts in Kansas and Montana. "And if he wins, they win".

Whatever the outcome, the race will not significantly alter the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the House by a wide margin.

A Tuesday special election in the northern suburbs of Atlanta will settle just one of 435 U.S. House seats, but it has become a national story in the early months of Donald Trump's presidency.

If Handel wins, Swint said it will likely be because she was able to turn out her Republican base, especially in Fulton County. If they win, Republicans will look to next year's balloting with foreboding bordering on panic.

Independent Vermont Senator Sanders' surprise rise to power in the 2016 presidential election ushered in a voice of liberalism within the party calling for single-payer health care and free college tuition.

Handel is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has come under for living just outside the district. At a cumulative $50 million spent, it's the most expensive congressional race in history.

The race between Ossoff and Handel remains a close one.

"We're seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does", he added. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance.

The response from Obama's spokesman comes a day after it was reported that the former president's voice was being used out of context to keep Democrats from voting. The ad connects Ossoff to the recent shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and claims that the "unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans".

The ad is paid for by Principled Leadership Fund, a Super PAC from Tallahassee, FL.

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