Republican wins costly congressional race in Georgia

Republican wins costly congressional race in Georgia

Republican wins costly congressional race in Georgia

Pro-life Karen Handel beat pro-abortion John Ossoff Tuesday in a runoff election for Georgia's sixth congressional district, which was vacated when President Trump appointed former Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, with husband Steve Handel at her side, waves to supporter after her acceptance speech at her election night party at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ossoff appeared so close to victory that Democrats were allowing themselves to imagine a win that would spur a wave of Republican retirements, a recruitment bonanza, and a Democratic fund-raising windfall heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

The seat had been held by Republicans since 1979 and for many years was the district of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent $30 million trying to flip.

He does not constantly refer directly to Ms Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, instead pitching his "fresh leadership" against "career politicians".

Voters in Georgia cast ballots Tuesday in the priciest USA congressional race ever, a $60 million political nailbiter where a Democratic novice could score an upset in a conservative stronghold - and deal a blow to President Donald Trump.

View the results of the race below. And some on the left never cottoned to a Democrat who stressed his fiscal conservatism.

The county scheduled a briefing Tuesday afternoon to update reporters on its role in the election. "A lot of them are going to be these fast-changing suburban districts that Republicans have long held".

Mulvaney won the seat with at least 78 percent of the vote.

Handel will be the first Republican U.S. congresswoman in Georgia history.

Ossoff and Handel collectively raised a whopping $56.7 million, according to the Center for Responsible Politics, for a race that was widely seen as a test of Donald Trump's presidency. While some of his ads early on ahead of the April all-party primary - where he got 48 percent of the vote in an 18-candidate field - talked about taking on the president, some of his recent spots have focused on cutting government waste and working to attract more tech jobs to the area. "Tonight I stand before you extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege and high responsibility that you and the people across the 6th District have given to me to represent you in the United States House of Representatives".

Ossoff says that while it's not the outcome he and others were hoping for, "this is the beginning of something much bigger than us".

Handel insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump, whom she rarely mentioned, despite holding a closed-door fundraiser with him earlier this spring.

Both campaigns have beefed up security after receiving threats, including letters with a white powder mailed to Handel and some of her neighbors.

Handel, 55, embraced her experience as a statewide and local elected official, often telling voters: "You know me". Her loss would prompt party-wide handwringing. In a typical fashion, the 70-year-old Republican continued his tweetstorm praising his 'Make America Great Again' campaign.

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