Republican Handel wins Georgia House seat in key contest
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 11:13
With more than 65 per cent of the votes counted, CNN predicted that Ms Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, would defeat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s.
Republicans are claiming momentum ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections in November of next year.
Democrats must defend their current districts and win 24 Republican-held seats to regain a House majority next November.
Ossoff campaigned as an ally to the LGBTQ community, whereas Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, told the mother of an LGBTQ child that she was against her daughter's right to adopt and have a family, due to her faith.
Ossoff and Handel faced off Tuesday in what has become the most expensive House race in history, with the candidates, their parties and super PACs pouring more than $50 million combined into the effort to win a single House seat in the northern Atlanta suburbs.
Republican Karen Handel on election day after she is projected the victor for the Georgia 6th District special election on June 20, 2017.
Ossoff spoke to voters as a moderate while taking a strongly Democratic stance in the race for a seat that has been held by a Republican since 1979, including by by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancée attends medical school. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" the President tweeted, soon after Trumps returned from dinner with Vice President Pence and his wife. They were hoping Ossoff would be their equivalent of Scott Brown of Massachusetts (Brown, a Republican, was a relative unknown who captured the seat of the late Ted Kennedy in 2009). State officials say they're confident the technology is secure. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up! The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference.
In the special election that took place in South Carolina's 5th District on the same day as Georgia's, Republican Ralph Norman received 51.1 percent of the vote in a district where Trump got 57.3 percent just five months earlier.
Last month, Republican Greg Gianforte won a special congressional election in Montana, despite being charged with assaulting a United Kingdom reporter. And it was unclear throughout the contest how the two campaigns would ultimately be buffeted by tempestuous events in Washington, including Trump's handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the House's passage of an unpopular health care overhaul, and the attack last week on a group of Republican lawmakers by an anti-Trump liberal.
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.
His campaign has attracted more supporters than some expected.