Ossoff or Handle: Who will represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District?

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 21, 2017

More than 140,000 voters cast their ballots early - an astounding number for a special election, and one that almost matches presidential contests.

"They're just going to have to dissect it to figure out exactly what occurred, what is translatable to other elections coming up", she said. Trump barely won this well-educated, affluent district in November, despite previous Republican nominees here eclipsing 60 percent. What should have been an easy contest for Republicans - the district previously elected former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - is instead the most expensive House race in US history.

All eyes are on District 6 today in the runoff election between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff as voters and pundits wait for the results to come in.

Polls close in Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties - the three that include part of the district - at 7 p.m. ET.

Georgia voters have steadily streamed into Atlanta polling stations to decide the most expensive House race in USA history.

An Ossoff win would certainly be an upset for a seat that has been in Republican hands since 1979 and was previously held by former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

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.

The district's seat was vacated by Dr. Tom Price, who was appointed by Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services earlier this year.

However, Ryan said he did not want to get into what it could mean for Republicans if Handel loses to Ossoff.

Attorney David Ware said he voted for Ossoff because the Democrat defends the Affordable Care Act - President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Ossoff isn't taking Trump's attacks lying down.

That has not stopped Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling Ossoff "weak on crime and security" and telling voters that Handel is "a hard worker who will never give up!" The Palmetto State district hasn't seen the erosion of support for Trump that Georgia's 6th did last November though, and Republican state Rep. Ralph Norman is expected to beat Democrat Archie Parnell, a former tax attorney and financial adviser. She is from the district. The closest House race in history topped out at $30 million; Georgia's special election already cost more than $40 million. Fifty-eight percent of likely voters in the district in a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll held an unfavorable view of Pelosi. Johnson and fellow Atlanta-area Congressman John Lewis, whom Ossoff interned for, have been vocal supporters. "In districts where Republicans rely on moderate Republicans and independents to get over 50%, this would be a warning bell, for sure".

Handel has raised millions of dollars from outside groups like conservative Super PACs to help keep up with Ossoff. Ossoff grew up in the district but now lives just outside the border near Emory University, while his fiancee finishes medical school. National Republicans' House campaign arm added $4.5 million, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chipped in another seven figures.

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