Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Georgia voters have steadily streamed into Atlanta polling stations to decide the most expensive House race in USA history.

NY [U.S.], June 20:U.S. President Donald Trump has urged voters to vote for Republican Karen Handel, who is fighting a close race against Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff in a highly anticipated District 6 race of Georgia on Tuesday.

Pelosi has donated a large sum of money to Ossoff, along with the Democratic National Committee which has given more than $2 million to Ossoff's race. "They said, 'I came out last time but I wanted to check.' Still the same", elections director Maxine Daniels told Petersen.

Analysts have said the 6th district's slowly declining support of Republicans, who have held this congressional seat for decades, is a direct response to the Trump administration and its aggressive conservative agenda, including a controversial GOP health care overhaul effort that has far less support than Obamacare.

Ossoff, 30, is a former congressional staffer turned documentary filmmaker who has become a symbol of the anti-Trump movement.

With criticism of the president building among Democrats, he also noticeably steers away from about questions about Trump and, unlike his would-be colleagues on Capitol Hill, avoids mentioning the president's name. Handel's supporters points to a core of backers who have followed her through thick-and-thin as well.

In January 2012, Handel was senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest breast cancer advocacy organization in the USA, when the organization announced it would cut its funding for Planned Parenthood.

Some Democrats are hoping the special election runoff is a referendum on President Trump and that a win would be the start of a Democratic wave that will continue into the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump's tweets about the Georgia race were sprinkled through his Monday missives, with the final one that night declaring Tuesday a "big day" and Barack Obama's 2010 health law as "dead" before lambasting Democrats. If Democrat Jon Ossoff can win in Georgia 6 over Republican Karen Handel, it could be a sign that Democrats can win over reluctant Trump voters nationwide next year.

"The man is fighting for his life", Ossoff said Sunday after a campaign stop.

When asked why he doesn't live in the district, Ossoff told CNN in April, that he was living with his longtime girlfriend near Emory University, where she is a medical student.

Voting technology activists also are keeping a close eye on the Georgia race after new details emerged last week about a security lapse at the centre that manages Georgia's election technology. State officials say they're confident the technology is secure.

But he defied expectations when he catapulted from obscurity to almost winning the House race in April, while running in a longtime conservative stronghold in Georgia. Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against Republican Karen Handel in a campaign that is estimated to have cost a record 56 million dollars in total, or around 50 million euros.

The Georgia race isn't the only special election happening Tuesday, though.

For Republicans, it's about defense, with a healthy dose of fear.

The cost of elections, especially for open seats, has gone up considerably in recent years.

Kander lost in Missouri, but his three-point margin was much closer than Hillary Clinton's 18-point shellacking in the state's presidential vote.

The seat became available when Tom Price vacated to become Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ossoff calls the shooting a "national tragedy" that should not be politicized.

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