Trump trashes Democrat in Georgia US House race

Ivan Schwartz
June 20, 2017

Since the district traditionally votes Republican, and by quite a bit, folks watching the election are intrigued that the anti-Trump movement may be strong enough to swing the district. According to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index, there are 71 Republican-held districts that have less GOP-leaning electorates than Georgia's sixth district.

Across town, a boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chants "Flip the 6th!" Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district.

The former congressional staffer turned investigative filmmaker sticks to his practice of not naming President Donald Trump but tells backers "politics does not have to be about fear and hate and deception and division".

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

A member of Congress doesn't have to live in the district they represent. He also said "their ObamaCare is dead".

The costliest US 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.

The president initially misspelled Handel's name, but deleted that tweet.

Trump weighed in on Twitter late Monday and early Tuesday, attacking Ossoff for living just outside the district, claiming Ossoff will raise taxes and calling Handel a hard worker "who will never give up!" Ossoff has not taken those positions.

"Letters and guest columns have run pretty even, but the responses to such opinion pieces have run strongly in Ossoff's favor".

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Ossoff's opponent, Karen Handel, and a slew of other Republican groups have tried to make an issue out of Ossoff's support outside the district, even though she, too, has drawn outside backing.

He's still ahead in the polls, but by less than most survey's margin of error.

Kander says Ossoff's youth and promise of "fresh leadership" can put him over the top. With the district historically swinging to the Republican candidate by 20 points or more, a win for Ossoff would be a genuine upset that might make Republicans extremely nervous for the upcoming 2016 elections.

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. Ossoff calls the shooting a "national tragedy" that should not be politicized.

The homestretch scramble was marked by a last-minute ad from a little-known political action committee trying to tie Ossoff's campaign to the "violent left" and the recent shooting of Republican House Whip Steve Scalise by a man who identified as a liberal.

The shift we see toward Handel in the closing days of this race is a bit of GOP homecoming.

I was asked about the Congressional baseball game shooting and its effect on the Congressional Race in the 6th District. 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. The race between Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is se.

The metaphorical weight this election carries for many might explain why so much money and attention has been poured into election, including a deluge of anti-Ossoff tweets all originating from one source, and out-of-context soundbites of President Barack Obama.

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