Republican Karen Handel avoids upset in key congressional election in Georgia
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 10:17
Democrats have lost every special Congressional election since President Donald Trump took office. "We are encouraged that the voters rejected Ossoff's extreme pro-abortion agenda and are sending Karen Handel to Washington to stand up for women and children and get taxpayers out of the abortion business". With South Carolina and Georgia now over, the Democratic Party has a ideal record in special elections this year; they've lost four out of four. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018".
In a amusing moment from their televised debate, Handel stunned Ossoff into momentary silence when she pointedly asked, "So Jon, I guess what I would like to know is, exactly who are you going to vote for in this election?"
Turnout is on track to far exceed what is normal even for a November midterm and certainly beyond expectations for a special election. "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.
Handel cast her ballot in Roswell Tuesday morning and denounced her opponent as being an outsider who couldn't even vote in the election since he did not live in the district. That makes it hard, they say, to know what the numbers actually mean.
Handel thanked them both personally in her victory speech and also saluted Price, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Sen.
Republican Karen Handel has won a keenly watched congressional election in Georgia and thanked President Donald Trump after avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of mid-term elections next year. Polls closed at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT).
Despite Ossoff's fundraising advantage, Handel was boosted by $18.2 million in outside spending, including $6.5 million from the House leadership-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund super-PAC and $6.7 million from the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.
The Atlanta-area race is the kind of contest Democrats need if they want to take back control of the House of Representatives next year.
Attorney David Ware said he voted for Ossoff because the Democrat defends the Affordable Care Act - President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Ossoff was regularly bashed for the amount of money he raised out of state and for having "San Francisco values".
Ossoff is a former congressional staffer turned documentary filmmaker who has become a symbol of the anti-Trump movement. She pointed voters instead to her "proven conservative record" as a state and local elected official. They also focused on her tenure at Susan G. Komen Foundation, which she resigned from after attempting to cut the anti-cancer organization's funding for Planned Parenthood. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff have been waging intense and expensive campaigns to replace Tom Price, who has joined the Trump Cabinet as Health And Human Services secretary.
In April they narrowly defended a deeply conservative Kansas seat vacated when Mr Trump appointed Congressman Mike Pompeo to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race. Ossoff has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school. He raised $23 million for his campaign, but most of that came from outside of Georgia from liberal enclaves like NY and California. Handel says many of those people live in Democratic-leaning states.
The competition between Ossoff and Handel has attracted wide-spread attention and tons of money.