Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months - and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday's House election in Georgia.
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".
With Democrats potentially striking the first blow against Trump in 2017, the race has drawn substantial national attention - and vast outside contributions to both candidates.
Handel, 55, said it's about choosing her record as Georgia secretary of state and commission chairman of the state's most populous county over the resume of a former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker who's never held public office.
President Trump also tweeted his support Monday morning. Tom Price, the current Health and Human Services Secretary, won reelection to the set by more than 20 percentage points. The race has nevertheless been tight, with both sides spending millions on advertising (it has become the most expensive House race in history).
"It's time to be knocking on those doors". The two campaigns and political groups have bombarded Atlanta-area television and radio with election advertising.
The demoralized Democrats, who were supposed to retain the White House, via Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and possibly win the Senate last November, and then accomplished neither feat, need an Ossoff win to claim momentum going into the 2018 midterms.
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Trump jumped in the race via Twitter on Monday, writing that Ossoff "can't even vote. because he doesn't even live there!" 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.
But with Democrats falling short in those races, all eyes have turned to Georgia.
The most recent polls show the race - seen as a key indicator for next year's mid-term elections - virtually deadlocked as both candidates sprinted to the finish.
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Should Democrats fail to convert at least one of the special election seats, it could deal a demoralizing blow to administration opponents who have seen these races as early tests of the national strength of an anti-Trump resistance movement.
The 6th congressional district has been held by Newt Gingrich, Sen.
Ossoff says House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot on a suburban Washington, D.C. baseball field, is "fighting for his life".