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Trump calls out Ossoff for living outside of Georgia district

Trump calls out Ossoff for living outside of Georgia district

Democrat Jon Ossoff leads his Republican opponent Karen Handel by just shy of two percentage points the day before a special runoff election in Georgia's 6th congressional district.

On Tuesday's ballot, Handel will be up against Democrat Jon Ossoff, as the two vie for the seat formerly occupied by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

If Handel wins, Swint said it will likely be because she was able to turn out her Republican base, especially in Fulton County.

The stakes are high for both parties because it's being seen as a preview of next year's midterm elections. That's in line with most of the polls released in the closing weeks of the race.

Will Republicans show up? Ossoff took about 48.1 percent of the vote, missing out on the 50 percent plus one he would have needed to avoid a runoff.

In ordinary years, this is no swing district.

Ossoff and Handel are locked in a tight race to fill the seat vacated by Price when he joined Trump's Cabinet.

Trump only won the district by 1.5 points.

At least one local Republican official interpreted last week's shooting as a potential positive for Handel's candidacy.

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Q: Which party needs the win more? 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.

Democrats have placed a particular emphasis on turning out Atlanta-area African-American voters. What they tend to have in common: Relatively highly educated, wealthy and diverse populations, plus people who - like thousands in Ossoff's district - voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and then backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. "It won't if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday".

Outside spending from other organizations has also been lower. But in November 2018, Democrats are expected to have many better pick-up opportunities.

Last week's shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice and subsequent threats against Handel may be last-minute game changers. The race between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is s. She'll have even helped write the playbook, after relentlessly working to tie Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi and hitting him on national security.

"The leftists have gone and typecast and they've picked this young man - charismatic, articulate - and they've taught him a few Republican buzzwords", the former governor said at a Handel event.

If Ossoff wins, it will be a signal to the GOP that they are far more vulnerable in once securely red districts. After all, 71 incumbent Republicans sit in districts that are - per the Cook Political Report's partisan voter index - less GOP-leaning than Georgia's 6th District. "There's 24 seats they need to win".

Was Ossoff too liberal or too moderate? He raised more than $23 million that way. According to Federal Election Commission filings tabulated by OpenSecrets, most major donors are from Florida, with a handful from Georgia.

Through the campaign, Ossoff was hesitant to even say Trump's name.


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