Tight Finish Seen in Atlanta Congressional Race, President Trump Weighs In

The questions about his residency, like most of Handel's attacks, are aimed at giving pause to the Trump-skeptical Republicans and independents who Ossoff needs to win in this heavily GOP district.

Although both Handel and Ossoff have mostly avoided talking about Trump directly, some voters see the race in the shadow of Trump's divisiveness. It would also give progressives who pumped $23 million into Ossoff's campaign something to celebrate. Both sides have placed major emphasis on turning out voters who participated in Georgia's presidential primaries past year but did not vote in April - and there are more Republicans than Democrats in that pool of potential voters.

"Republicans ... are coming home to vote in this runoff", she said.

Tuesday is Election Day in the Georgia race to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Tom Price who now serves as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

His campaign has attracted more supporters than some expected.

But even with all that good news for Democrats, this is still problematic.

A clear Handel win could show Republican lawmakers that there's no need to distance themselves from Trump - but anything short of that could send them scurrying from the President.

The 6th District's estimated 58,000 Jews account for about 8% of its population, and roughly 45% of metro Atlanta's total Jewish population. "As soon as she finishes her medical training - you know she starts her hospital shifts at 4 a.m. - I'll be 10 minutes back up the road in the district where I grew up".

She added, "When I get involved in any race (like I did for Rob Quist as well), I show up".

The most expensive congressional race in USA history headed to a tight finish on Tuesday as voters in suburban Atlanta cast ballots in an election that was seen by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump. Leading up to the opening of polls, he tweeted three times for voters there to support Republican Karen Handel.

Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months - and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday's House election in Georgia.

However, it was Trump's collapse - besting Hillary Clinton by just 1.5 points in the district in 2016 - that led Democrats to believe it could be in play.

"You want to see this race as about you against Karen Handel", Camerota pushed. She barely mentioned him ahead of finishing second to Ossoff in an April primary.

Aside from the race's political implications, voting technology activists also are keeping a close eye on Georgia.

Of course, Handel's benefited from outside money, too; it just hasn't flowed through her campaign, which has raised less than a quarter of Ossoff's haul.

Outside GOP groups have spent $12 million to support Handel.

Handel's party has held the seat since 1979 and the Democratic Party is putting up a huge expensive fight to put a Democrat in the seat.

"I think the general consensus if he wins this race, there could be 50 House seats available to us" in the 2018 midterms, said Lara Bergthold, a strategist at Los Angeles communications firm RALLY, who is among those who has been volunteering for Ossoff making phone calls.

Handel disavowed the ad, which blames the "violent left" for the shooting. But Perdue flatly disputed them, calling the election "a harbinger of national politics" as Handel looked on.

  • Leroy Wright