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Ossoff criticizes ad on Scalise shooting

20 June 2017, 11:08 | Kelvin Horton

Across town, a boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chants "Flip the 6th!" That lukewarm support for Trump is what has, in part, caused some to eye this special election as a possible early referendum on Trump's presidency. The district seems more fractured politically now than it was after the presidential election, said Louise Palmer, the co-founder of a local chapter of the liberal group Indivisible.

At least that's true for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and his 2010 primary rival Karen Handel.

Days after a lone gunman opened fire on US lawmakers at a baseball team practice in Virginia, a conservative group was running a TV ad in Atlanta that, with no evidence, appears to link the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, to the shooting spree.

Even a Trump Cabinet member and former Georgia governor, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, acknowledged the conundrum at a recent Handel rally, saying "some Republicans" are "turned off" by the president.

"We're seeing this now an nearly dead even race into the final 24 hours", Rountree said.

The costliest USA congressional race in history will be decided on Tuesday in suburban Atlanta, where America's divisive political climate has been on display in an election seen by some analysts as a political test for President Donald Trump. His Republican opponent, Karen Handel, slammed him during a Fox News interview Tuesday morning.

The president initially misspelled Handel's name, but deleted that tweet. Ossoff has not taken those positions.

On Monday, Trump was particularly concerned with tax cuts, health care and border security. Ossoff hopes to maximize the district's Democratic base and pick up just enough independents and moderate Republicans who don't align with Trump.

CNN spent time with voters on opposite sides of the Congressional race, many with strong feelings about Trump.

Kander says Ossoff's youth and promise of "fresh leadership" can put him over the top. The Republicans have held Georgia's 6th Congressional District since the 1970s and, really, since the political realignment of the South.

The sparring in the AJT has targeted Ossoff's work in Washington, D.C., for Georgia Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson, who apologized for likening West Bank settlers to "termites" (comments Ossoff called "deeply offensive") and his company's sale of a documentary to the Al-Jazeera television network. "I think we're going to win the Paneras and the Burger Kings of Georgia", said Andrew Nurmi, 18, with a grin. With last week's shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice, the ad goes so far as to claim that the "unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans". A chunk of the $5 million Handel raised herself came in three fundraisers headlined by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan. After shaking Handel's hand at a wood-paneled barbecue restaurant on Monday, Johns, 71, said he's amazed at the level of attention on the race.

Since then, Republicans and Democrats have poured money into the race, with total spending expected to surpass $50 million, the most expensive congressional race in history.

"I don't support the Trump administration, I think that he has divided our country both politically and socially", Roberts said. The poll, done by Trafalgar Group, a Republican polling firm, surveyed more than 1,100 likely voters June 17-18.

"Even though the Democrat didn't win in Kansas fourth Congressional district or the Montana at-large Congressional district, they outperformed what we would typically think a Democrat would do in those districts", McDonald said to TIME.

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