Trump slams Ossoff, praises Handel in tweets

Ivan Schwartz
June 20, 2017

(Clinton only lost the Georgia Sixth by 1 point, which is one reason it has become such a nationally watched race.) One strategy may wind up working better than the other, but the actual demographic composition of who turns out for Democrats is basically the same for Ossoff as it was for Clinton. 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer, is looking to win the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in the historically Republican surburban Altanta district.

Candidates in the tight, hard-fought race to replace Tom Price in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have one more day to sway voters.

President Donald Trump voiced his support for Republican candidate Karen Handel in the Georgia special election - but he couldn't get a handle on how to spell her name.

But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race.

President Trump gave Handel a boost on Twitter Monday morning, tweeting, "The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security".

"I'll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us", Carver said, according to the Washington Post.

While individual donors may not have shown Ossoff level support for Handel, she has benefited from support from outside groups. At a cumulative $50 million spent, it's the most expensive congressional race in history.

With recent polls showing Ossoff narrowly leading Handel in the traditionally GOP district, Republicans are hoping to stave off defeat. The party needs to flip at least 24 GOP-held seats by next November to reclaim a House majority.

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Among the Democrats likely to announce campaigns in conservative-leaning districts, according to party strategists, are Matt Longjohn, a physician who is the YMCA's national health officer, against Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan; Brendan Kelly, the St. Clair County, Illinois, state's attorney, against Rep. Mike Bost; and Nancy Soderberg, a former ambassador, against Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

"Democrats saw an opportunity, so they went all in", said Randy Evans, a Republican National Committeeman from Georgia.

Democratic special election candidates in deep-red districts in Kansas and Montana still lost, but they came within single-digit margins of their opponents.

President Donald Trump carried the district by less than 2 percentage points.

Months of attacks and tens of millions of dollars have led up to Tuesday's special election in Georgia, where Democrats are looking for their first major election victory of the Trump era. And it will make all the clearer that there is no easy path for Republicans to run under Trump's banner - he's still popular with the base, but the base isn't large enough to win every seat that Republicans hold now.

Both Ossoff's campaign and Handel's disavowed the ad.

A little-known political action committee unveiled a last-minute ad trying to link Ossoff to the shooting of a Republican House leader and others at a GOP congressional baseball team practice last week outside Washington.

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