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Dems Fear 'Bitterly Disappointing' Loss In Georgia Special Election

Dems Fear 'Bitterly Disappointing' Loss In Georgia Special Election

In what has become the most expensive House race in USA history, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are expected to go down to the wire in the district. The district traditionally goes Republican, but most consider the race too close to call as voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

Outside money from Super PACs and the National Republican Congressional Committee total at about $18.2 million in support of Handel, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Democrats have been recruiting aggressively in Republican-leaning seats - including in Michigan, Illinois and New Jersey - and party officials expect a wave of new challengers to announce their candidacies after the start of the next fundraising quarter in July.

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

Republicans in the district told Breitbart News during a visit Sunday that they were cautiously optimistic, despite poll numbers showing a dead heat or Ossoff with a small but significant lead. Ossoff has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiance attends medical school.

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Minutes later, he deleted the tweet and posted a new one with the correct spelling. "They want someone with whom they can be connected, someone who knows the community, who has relationships in the community, who's been a part of this community for nearly 25 years", Handel said. After shaking Handel's hand at a wood-paneled barbecue restaurant on Monday, Johns, 71, said he's amazed at the level of attention on the race. "I think getting her elected helps his position and also gives us a stronger Republican Congress".

Handel has handled Trump gingerly.

"The strategy for this campaign has always been about who is best and the right fit for people of this district", Handel said on Monday. "This race is about the people of the 6th district".

Lee Roberts, a general contractor who used to be Republican and now leans Democrat, supports Ossoff.

The president has been an active player in the race since the April primary, tweeting in support of Handel and holding a fundraiser for her in Atlanta that raked in $750,000.

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Such a vicious cycle, retrenchment ensuring inaction, could only further demoralize grass-roots Republicans, deteriorating the party's standing even more.

"Paradoxically, I think it will help the agenda as it will focus the members on their survival", said former Republican Rep. Vin Weber, now a Washington lobbyist. Yet others from more conservative districts may feel an increased urgency to show core supporters that Republicans can act - not only on health care but also on issues such as tax cuts and infrastructure. "So all of us, let's get out and vote on Tuesday like we've never voted before". "I needed to do something to change it". But she split the vote there in April with two other GOP candidates from the area. "I don't want my district to have negative representation".

The stakes are highest for Republicans, who have held the district since the Carter administration without much of a challenge to speak of. But a scan of federal election reports shows Handel has gathered backing in the last several weeks from an array of financial institutions and their trade groups.

"And, yeah, it should come down", she said. He was a senior national security staffer to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) before heading a company that produces investigative films on political corruption, crime and worldwide issues, including work for the Al Jazeera network - a fact his opponents have seized on.

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