Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

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The race is the most expensive congressional race in US history, and the national and global press coverage over the past couple of weeks has been intense.

Democrats have put all they can into winning the hotly contested race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, but Republican candidate Karen Handel fits the district better than Democratic contender Jon Ossoff, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday.

Almost 6,000 HRC members and supporters in Georgia's sixth congressional district are working to get out the vote and win a Republican district that voted for President Trump.

The 30-year-old documentary producer and former congressional aide hopes to mobilize anti-Trump sentiment seen in millennial voters, minorities and women.

"The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security", President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning.

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

It's been held by Republicans - including Newt Gingrich - since 1979.

The election at this juncture is very significant as the result will determine whether President Donald Trump's sagging approval ratings will improve or it will prove as a drag on Republicans that could threaten the party's control of the House in the 2018 November midterm elections.

On health care, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a six-figure television push attacking Handel, joining Planned Parenthood, which has spent more than $500,000 in the race. She barely mentioned him ahead of finishing second to Ossoff in an April primary but welcomed him for a private fundraiser in late April.

UPDATE: 11:35 A.M.: This article has been updated to include Trump's tweets about the race. If Democrat Jon Ossoff can win in Georgia 6 over Republican Karen Handel, it could be a sign that Democrats can win over reluctant Trump voters nationwide next year.

Elections office officials explained it to them and showed many a map of the district border, but some folks still left frustrated. "Republicans are motivated. They do not want someone who lives outside of the district coming in and representing them, and they surely don't want [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi coming in to buy this seat".

"Everybody knows about this race", said U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. There's also a special election in SC on Tuesday to replace Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, in which the Republican is heavily favored.

Of course, Handel's benefited from outside money, too; it just hasn't flowed through her campaign, which has raised less than a quarter of Ossoff's haul.

For Republicans, it's about defense, with a healthy dose of fear. Republicans are favored to hold a fourth seat up Tuesday in SC, while Democrats already held their lone open seat in a California special election.

Here's what you need to know about the special election set into motion by former Rep. Tom Price's acceptance as Trump's new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

He defeated Hillary Clinton in the district by 1.5 points, but Price beat his opponent by carrying more than 60 percent of the vote in 2016. He and several others were injured when a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staffers practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game last week.

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