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Race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

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Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 20:55

"We can not let up".

She remains one of the nation's most recognizable and polarizing political figures - an NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll released in February showed she is the least popular politician in the United States - and in particular in GOP-leaning districts like Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Across town, a boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chants "Flip the 6th!"

Democrats, desperate to hand President Donald Trump a setback, have their hopes riding on a 30-year-old political neophyte. These nervous Republicans will bite their fingernails, rather than fight for President Trump's tax reforms, health-care policies, and other badly needed pro-market initiatives.

On the final night before voting, though, he played to the base.

In general, these operatives have grown fearful that increasing noise about investigations into President Donald Trump's potential obstruction of justice and campaign ties to Russian Federation has consigned the issue of Obamacare to second billing.

Then he offered a list of priorities sure to rouse any liberal.

"We let that happen", she said.

It's one election; a single seat out of 435.

Handel and Ossoff are vying to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who had held it since 2005, until he joined Trump's Cabinet as health and human services secretary earlier this year.

About 140,000 Georgia voters have already cast their ballots, she continued, but that's about half of the expected turnout.


It is the type of seat the Democrats will need to win if they want to overturn the Republican House majority in mid-term elections next year.

Republicans see an opportunity to squelch Democratic enthusiasm. House Democrats' campaign arm sent a team to Georgia to organize the sixth congressional district months ahead of the special election there.

Still, all four of those seats are traditionally Republican. After November the conservative suburban districts Hillary Clinton carried (or almost carried) were a riddle: Were they a product of Trump's unique unpopularity, or did they represent real opportunities for Democrats down-ballot? After investigating the claim, Politifact gave Handel's denial a "Pants on Fire" rating. Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district.

He has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school.

Although both Handel and Ossoff have mostly avoided talking about Trump directly, some voters see the race in the shadow of Trump's divisiveness.

"I'm a little anxious because I think she made a late charge", Tommy Banks, 72, said. She welcomed him for a fundraiser in late April, but it was closed. Republican ads featured Kathy Griffin and bad caricatures of San Francisco lefties; a piece of literature handed out by canvassers this weekend depicted Ossoff hitching a ride to Washington with Nancy Pelosi. Ossoff himself once described his bid as a chance to "make Trump furious". He repeatedly downplayed Trump's role in the race while rallying supporters at a campaign office in Chamblee on Monday but acknowledged that it's a motivating force for many supporters.

That all means there are many more people who typically vote Republican in the district than Democrats.

"There are more of us than we thought", said Tricia Gephardt, an Ossoff volunteer.

Yet her biggest problem may be Trump.

Handel disavowed the ad, which blames the "violent left" for the shooting and suggests such acts would continue if Ossoff wins. "But a 20-point swing in a House vote between November and June - that's a lot".

"The video is disturbing and disgusting", said Handel's spokesperson Kate Constantini Saturday. Principled PAC did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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