Trump tweets endorsement for GOP candidate in Georgia special election


The issue was brought up during a debate between Ossoff and his opponent, Karen Handel, earlier this month.

TUCKER, GA - JUNE 20: Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks with volunteers and supporters in a campaign office on Election Day for Georgia's 6th Congressional District on June 20, 2017 in Tucker, Georgia. "My job is to represent the people of the 6th district", she says when asked about Trump. Handel, a republican, is a 55 year old former Georgia Secretary of State.

"I'm proud to support her career even if I take some heat for it", Ossoff said.

Polls leading up to the results indicate an extremely tight race - Handel registered a last-minute lead of 0.2% over Ossoff according to a RealClearPolitics polling average.

Turnout is on track to far exceed what is normal even for a November midterm and certainly beyond expectations for a special election.

A Democrat won a special election earlier this year in California, but that seat had been vacated by another Democrat. "The enthusiasm on the ground has been fantastic", she said.

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After a primary election was held earlier this year, the top two advanced to a special election, which proved to be Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel.

Many have called the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District a referendum on Trump's presidency, and one that could indicate whether Republicans will hold onto their majority in the House after the 2018 mid-term elections.

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 center that manages Georgia's election technology. Republicans obviously want to hold the seat, but even more, they need a decisive victory to stem the perception that they are heading into a very hard 2018 midterm. "This is exactly what Americans are sick and exhausted of", Mr. Ossoff said on CNN.

Trump has attacked Ossoff for living just outside the district, claiming Ossoff will raise taxes.

"I really like Trump and I feel good about what he's doing", Asper told CNN.

Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker and congressional aide, has become a symbol of the anti-Trump movement.

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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 US, when the organization announced it would cut its funding for Planned Parenthood. Trump barely edged Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 6th in November.

Handel has handled Trump gingerly.

But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race.

Born in Atlanta, Ossoff grew up in the Northlake area. He emphasises that it is mostly from individual donors.

A win for Handel, on the other hand, could be interpreted by Republicans as evidence that their support among their base remains strong, leading them to cleave closer to the president and his agenda.

Kate Constantini, a spokeswoman for the Handel campaign, stated over the weekend, as reported by The Hill: "For any group to use the shooting this week for political or personal benefit is shameful".

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The outcome of the re-election will be a verdict on President Donald Trump. "They need to get used to the idea of no safe seats, because people are fed up".