Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff exchange words before a debate in Atlanta Georgia U.S

Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff exchange words before a debate in Atlanta Georgia U.S

"For all the attention to the national frame here, what folks want is representation that delivers a higher quality of life", said Ossoff.

It would also be important in two other significant ways: Online, small-dollar fundraising has shattered records so far this year, and an Ossoff win would likely keep that money flowing in. According to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index, there are 71 Republican-held districts that have less GOP-leaning electorates than Georgia's sixth district.

Georgia's outcome followed similar results in Montana, Kansas and SC, where Republicans won special House races by much narrower margins than they managed in November.

But while residents of Georgia's 6th district are the only ones who can vote, money has poured in to Ossoff's coffers from desperate Dems across the country, making the local election the most expensive in history.

The margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what is being recognised as the most expensive House of Representatives race in United States history, with a price tag that may exceed 50 million dollars (£40 million). The early voting period garnered 140,000 votes alone. That makes it hard, they say, to know what the numbers actually mean.

In her victory remarks Tuesday night, Handel acknowledged the shooting and paid homage to Scalise, whom she said would frequently text her encouraging messages before he was injured.

Demographics, as well as Trump's election and the fact that he selected Price to serve as Health and Human Services secretary, have contributed to a "tremendous amount of energy on both sides in the district, but particularly among Democrats", said Chip Lake, a Republican strategist in Georgia and former chief of staff on Capitol Hill.

Numerous volunteers here say they're being motivated by powerful fears of what losing health insurance may unleash.

Still, it is the type of district Democrats have to do well in come 2018 to flip the 24 seats they need to win back the House.

If Jon Ossoff wins, he'll have the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with a bill that could strip health insurance from tens of millions of people to thank.

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The district also voted for Republicans in the last six presidential elections. Trump wrote. "He wants to raise taxes and kill healthcare".

"We have a chance to make a decision about who's going to lead us whether the president is there or not there, whether his policies are good or bad", said Ware, 63, an attorney.

Ossoff should do well in DeKalb, a Democratic stronghold, but it also has the fewest number of registered voters in the congressional district.

Trump's unpopularity is the only reason this special election is even competitive in the first place, but neither candidate sees any benefit in talking about him.

Handel made news in 2012 when she was an executive with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and advocated the organization cut its support of Planned Parenthood, which it did, but then restored after public outrage.

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.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district talks to supporters during a stop at a campaign office in Chamblee, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017.

Contrary to the chants at Handel's victory party, she insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump. She barely mentioned him ahead of finishing second to Ossoff in an April primary but welcomed him for a private fundraiser in late April.

The race had been framed by some as a referendum on Trump and his agenda, and the win may ease any GOP fears - for now - that its base wouldn't stay engaged heading into the 2018 midterms. Ossoff, who grew up in the district but did not live there, was a fresh-faced rookie who ran a stronger than expected campaign. He has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancée attends medical school.

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