Trump slams Ossoff, praises Handel in tweets

From coast to coast, a large share of the nation's - and even the president's - political attention has been focused on suburban Atlanta and the most expensive House race in history.

"It feels like the Republicans are coming home", former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman and Georgia Rep. John Linder told us.

"I encourage all eligible voters to ensure that they are registered and make their voices heard on June 20th and in all elections, regardless of their party or political persuasion".

The most expensive House race in U.S. history is heading to voters in the northern suburbs of Atlanta on Tuesday.

Ossoff is trying to flip the suburban Atlanta district that Republican Tom Price left to become Trump's health secretary.

More than 140,000 people voted early in the election so far, according to Georgia Secretary of State Biran Kemp.

If Ossoff skates by, it won't move the needle on the GOP's solid 24-seat lead in the House, its majority in the Senate, nor the fact that Republicans hold 33 governorships nationwide - the most in almost a century.

It's about maintaining GOP strength on Capitol Hill and squelching Democrats' enthusiasm. The GOP has already won House special elections in Montana and Kansas, and the Republican is favored in a SC race Tuesday.

Karen Handel is getting more backup from national Republicans in the final hours of Georgia's tight 6th Congressional race. He has described Handel a hard worker "who will never give up!"

The campaign's emphasis on the ground game illustrates how important turnout will be for Ossoff in a GOP-leaning district. Ossoff has tried to downplay the fact that he doesn't live in the district, saying he moved closer to Emory University to accommodate his fiancée, but "as soon as she concludes her medical training, I'll be 10 minutes back up the street into the district where I grew up".

"I've consistently said I'll stand up to President Trump if he embarrasses us or threatens our interests and that I'm willing to work with him on issues of mutual interest", Ossoff told reporters on Sunday, adding that there has been an increase in concerns lately over the administration's "integrity and competence". She also took jabs at her opponent's record-breaking fundraising haul.

Handel's decision to keep her distance from Trump risks alienating Trump's supporters, a part of the GOP base that she still needs. Ms Handel notes that many of those people live in Democratic-leaning states like California, New York and MA.

Through the campaign, Ossoff was hesitant to even say Trump's name. She touts her success with balancing in the budget as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and becoming Georgia's first elected Republican Secretary of State. "VOTE TODAY", Trump then tweeted.

A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true. "I needed to do something to change it".

Steve Scalise speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 8, 2017.

A recent poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed only one-quarter of District 6 voters said they favored the House's new plan. Handel has now personally called for the ad to be taken down, calling it "disgusting".

Vanessa Coleman

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