Polls: Nominees Tied in Georgia's Special Election

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Voters in Georgia will decide on Tuesday whether Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel will fill a congressional seat for suburban Atlanta, a race that has turned into the most closely watched contest since the presidential election.

If you live in District 6 and have not voted yet, tomorrow, Election Day, is your only chance to do so.

The race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel to replace Health Secretary Tom Price as District 6 representative has drawn record numbers of voters to the ballot box.

Democrat Jon Ossoff campaigns at a restaurant in Alpharetta, Ga., Friday, June 16, 2017, ahead of a runoff election to replace former Rep. Tom Price.

There have already been two special congressional elections since President Trump took office, and both were won by Republicans.

"The leftists have gone and typecast, and they've picked this young man - charismatic, articulate - and they've taught him a few Republican buzzwords", Perdue told Handel supporters.

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Swalwell, who represents the San Francisco Bay area, tweeted a video of himself at a phone back at the IBEW Union Hall in Dublin, California, where he said almost 100 people had gathered to phone voters in Georgia.

American history's most expensive Congressional election is in its final weekend. Many are casting their vote as a defense of Trump, a stand for conservative values or a strike against national Democrats who think they understand Georgia.

Handel raised slightly more than $5 million, less than a quarter of Ossoff's total, but national political action and campaign committees aligned with both parties have spent big as well, enough to saturate local media with advertising.

The narrative that emerges from the election will have more important political consequences on Capitol Hill than the outcome of the vote itself.

Democrats and liberal activists nationally are hoping to show they can flip the 24 GOP-held seats they would need to reclaim a House majority next November.

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