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Most-expensive congressional campaign in history comes to a head in Georgia

20 June 2017, 09:46 | Justin Tyler

James Hodgkinson 66 had a list containing the names of several Republican representatives when he carried out his rampage

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And it would deal a discouraging psychological blow to Democrats who have poured so many hopes and dollars into this campaign.

Dr. Nadine Becker wasn't politically involved until she saw Donald Trump elected president, but the suburban Atlanta gynecologist didn't know how to engage, given her traditionally Republican surroundings.

The race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is seen as a significant political test for the new Trump Administration.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is blasting as "disgraceful" a last-minute ad that attempts to link the Georgia 6th Congressional District candidate to last week's shooting of a Republican House leader at a GOP baseball practice.

Principled PAC, the organization that produced the ad, had not disclosed its donors before this weekend, when the group unveiled the spot.

Ossoff has tried to tap into some of the anti-Trump mood, launching his campaign with a call to "Make Trump Furious".

You betcha! Nate Silver has a good breakdown of what the election could mean for congressional Republicans, who might well interpret an Ossoff win as a very ominous sign for their chances in 2018 and start bailing on the Trump agenda as a result. He said he thinks working in secrecy will help the GOP accomplish its goals. One late poll released Monday showed Handel with a 2 percentage point lead, backing up the assessment from Handel pollster Whit Ayres that she has gained in the race's closing days. Boots on the ground.

Quist fell short in his bid to win a Montana congressional seat earlier this month, defeated by Greg Gianforte.

Hodgkinson was killed by police during the shooting
Hodgkinson was killed by police during the shooting

That has helped make it a prime opportunity for Democratic activists to score an upset. Polls suggest Tuesday's run-off election is nearly neck-and-neck.

Voters in Georgia will settle the closest watched congressional race in the country Tuesday, a special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price, a Republican now serving as secretary of health and human services. Even a razor's-edge win in a district where GOP congressional candidates typically top 60% would be a stark reminder of the wave potential of the 2018 midterms.

"I think the general consensus if he wins this race, there could be 50 House seats available to us" in the 2018 midterms, said Lara Bergthold, a strategist at Los Angeles communications firm RALLY, who is among those who has been volunteering for Ossoff making phone calls.

"The strategy for this campaign has always been about who is best and the right fit for people of this district", Handel said on Monday. You'd have to work harder in Georgia NOT to pay attention to this race than to pay attention. Up until May 19, 2010, one could have looked at the six special U.S. House elections so far that cycle and concluded Democrats were doing fine; Democrats were six for six in mostly friendly districts. "I don't want my district to have negative representation". She drove early voters to the polls, walked door to door and worked the phone banks.

Senate Republicans have said they will try to hold a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess, leaving little time to read the bill, much less for meaningful discussion or debate.

Republicans have since consolidated support behind Handel, and several national party figures - including Vice President Mike Pence - have made stops in Atlanta to campaign for her.

"And honestly, these campaigns should be driven by the community, not the entertainment industry", she said.




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