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Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia's 6th District Congressional race

21 Juin 2017

Pelosi has donated a large sum of money to Ossoff, along with the Democratic National Committee which has given more than $2 million to Ossoff's race.

It's a historic win for Karen Handel. A Handel loss would probably have led to actual politicians fleeing the president.

CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HANDEL'S FIRST NAME TO KAREN - Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel celebrates with her husband Steve as she declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.

Norman, a former state lawmaker, said support from the president resonated positively with voters.

It was Handel's most public embrace of the man whose tenuous standing in this well-educated, suburban enclave made a previously safe Republican district close to begin with. But it was not to be as Ossoff lost by more than 10,000 votes in the most expensive House election in USA history.

Yet the result in a historically conservative district still offers Republicans a warning that Trump, for better or worse, will dominate the looming campaign cycle.

Her victory comes after Republican special congressional election wins in Montana, Kansas and SC. "They see his competitive candidacy in ruby-red suburbia as a possible harbinger ahead of next year's midterm elections, when Democrats need to win 24 GOP-held seats to reclaim the House majority".

Indeed, when Trump's White House tapped four Republican congressman for prominent posts in the GOP administration, the immediate assumption was that Republicans would have little trouble holding onto these seats.

Handel was winning 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times.

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With nearly all votes counted, Ms Handel looked set to win the district with 53 per cent of the vote, with 30-year-old Mr Ossoff taking 47 per cent. Mr Ossoff, a former Congressional aide and film-maker, had taken the political world by surprise when he came within one percentage point of winning the district in the first round of elections last month.

"It's that fighting spirit, that perseverance and tenacity that I will take to Washington", she said Tuesday night. Another high-profile Republican, Newt Gingrich, also began his political career there.

Georgia's special election was billed as a potential referendum on President Donald Trump, who has heavily endorsed Handel's candidacy. Trump tweeted, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back Handel.

But Ossoff still received $10 million more in support than Handel. There have also been reports of campaigns being fueled with a rush of donors.

Ossoff addressed supporters after his defeat.

Handel sought to keep the president at arm's length, although her platform included priorities similar to Trump's.

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than this", said Ossoff.

Days before the election, a 2010 video went viral of Handel during a media interview responding to a question on why she thinks gay parents aren't as good as straight parents by saying, "Because I don't".

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia's 6th District Congressional race