Points to Know As Georgia Race Heads to Voters

High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in a Georgia special election

High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in a Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff take to the debate stage in Georgia on June 6, 2017.

But the national attention - and all the money - tells another story.

After suggesting Democrats spent more than Republicans in the Georgia race - they did not, according to a report by NBC News - Handel said: "I mean, not for nothing, a squirrel is going to get a pretty decent percentage of the vote if he has $30 million behind him". That includes the president, who tweeted about the race several times on Monday.

The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security.Their ObamaCare is dead with 100% increases in P's. "Vote now for Karen H".

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

Ossoff, who led April's first round but fell shy of outright victory, gamely insisted that "this is about the folks right here in Georgia".

With a potential price tag exceeding $50 million, the most expensive House race in USA history has become a proxy for the nation's political divides, offering another early test for Trump and the GOP's monopoly in Washington.

The two campaigns and political groups have bombarded Atlanta airwaves with election advertising. But if Republicans hold on and win in a district they have held since the Carter administration, it might signal that the Democratic resistance to Trump isn't as strong as the hype.

Handel drew enormous outrage last week when she told a conservative mom that her "faith" wouldn't allow her to support the woman's LGBT daughter, insisting that she shouldn't even be allowed to adopt children or raise a family. "But in this election, he's getting more Jewish support".

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The latest example in Georgia, in a district that Trump carried and that Republicans have controlled for decades, shows that the GOP is deeply concerned about losing what should be a guaranteed win for them.

"This is exactly the type of district (Democrats) hope they can win if they can retake the House in 2018", said Greg Bluestein, a political reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Democrats fell short in special House elections earlier this year in Kansas and Montana, in districts that Trump won by double-digits.

The closely watched congressional special election in Georgia is tomorrow, and Republicans are more than a little nervous about losing a seat they assumed would be theirs indefinitely.

That attack has ratcheted up tensions in the Georgia race.

A proxy war between the Sanders faction and more Clinton-esque Democrats played out in Virginia's gubernatorial primary race this week. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an outspoken critic of Republican policy on social media (Sanders has strongly condemned the shooting).

Trump initially got involved in the special election by recording a robocall that went out to voters in that district.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among those hurt and remains in a critical condition.

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