Candidates in tight Georgia race make final bid for votes
Jun 20 2017 by Desiree Burns
President Trump gave Handel a boost on Twitter Monday morning, tweeting, "The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security". Brad Carver, the chair of the Republican Party in Georgia's 11th congressional district, said Saturday he thinks "the shooting is going to win this election for us", according to The Washington Post.
"President Trump did not come to Georgia and campaign", said the senator.
But as small as the victory might ultimately be, the implications will likely be read as massive by the defeated party.
Democrats see the race where $50 million has been spent - the most ever for a House race - as a referendum on Trump's policies and have unleashed an army of volunteers to get voters to the polls for Ossoff.
"This 6th District survey breaks down the voter's preference in the 2017 special election runoff". But if Handel falls in a district that leans Republican, it suggests that other similar districts might also go blue next November.
Mr. Hummel and his wife, Karen, assured Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, and the six men and women who were going door to door with him that they had voted early for Mrs. Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff.
The Democratic National Committee has been actively promoting his candidacy and fundraising off of anti-Trump sentiment in minorities, women, and millennials in the district to raise more money as well.
A spokesperson for Handel called the ad "disturbing and disgusting" and said those responsible should be "ashamed" but did not call for the ad to be removed. But at least Handel can claim the 6th as her home district. Don't know much about this race or why it matters? "It'll be close, but we'll win it", Carver said. Republicans are using last week's congressional shooting to fuel a last minute push for Handel.
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As for the idea that Jon Ossoff's moderate message deserves to be tied to the actions of a unsafe madman, that's obviously offensive, but the sentiment apparently isn't limited to Georgia's Brad Carver.
But as voters in the northern suburbs of Atlanta head to the polls on Tuesday, there will be nonstop news coverage analyzing what could happen and what it all means.
Last month Jessica Zeigler, a precinct captain for Jon Ossoff's congressional campaign, realized that reaching millennial voters was nearly impossible.
There's another election Tuesday in SC, to replace former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican who is now serving as President Trump's budget director.
Ossoff is seeking support from moderate voters with ads focused on the economy and national spending, while Handel is focusing on her experience as Georgia secretary of state. If even a few members of Congress began taking the exit ramp on Trump and the American Health Care Act, a number of others might follow.
Because of the district's status as suburban, educated and diverse, the Georgia race could be a harbinger of Democrats' ability to compete for similar Republican-held seats in places like Orange County, California, the Philadelphia suburbs and NY state in 2018.
Trump also held a fundraiser for Handel while in town for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in April.