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Republican Handel wins Georgia House seat in key contest

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Parmenio Sano | 21 Giugno, 2017, 10:08

It's the only thing. This special election, which received much less national media attention than the Georgia one, ended up being much closer than initially expected.

However the race for Georgia's 6th congressional district was decided, Jon Ossoff was going to make one of the best showings of a Democratic candidate since Republicans began their winning streak in the northern Atlanta suburbs in 1978.

Both Georgia and SC use entirely paperless voting machines, meaning there is no possibility of an audit or recount to verify the vote.

Recent polls show a tight race, with Ossoff maintaining a tight lead over Handel, a former secretary of state who has cast Ossoff as a puppet of liberal interests who doesn't even live in the district. Even though Handel was outspent by Ossoff over seven times (3 million to his 21 million, as of end of May), she still managed to pull off a big win. During the campaign, Handel made Ossoff's out-of-state money an issue, along with the fact that he lives outside the district.

A Handel win could energise Republicans, boosting their efforts with health care and tax reform legislation.

The race also earned heavy national interest and participation (both financial and otherwise), giving it the feel of a proxy war. You don't have to win to be her guy.

"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 me to represent you in the United States House of Representatives", Handel told supporters at her victory party Tuesday night.

Outside the district, the race has become a mirror of national sentiment.

"I think if you look historically, special elections generally don't foretell the outcome of races multiple years down the road".

Everyone knew the Democratic base was ginned up beyond belief at the chance to send Trump a message about his performance in the first 150 days of his administration. Price won each time he was on the ballot since 2004 with more than 60% of the vote. Republican strategists successfully convinced GOP voters that a vote for Ossoff was a vote for values anathema to their own. Price won the 2016 election in this district by 23 percent, a much larger margin that Handel's win on Tuesday night, something which could give some hope to the Democrats as they prepare for the 2018 mid-term elections. However, as strategists point out, there are plenty of opportunities on the board for them in 2018, when a president's party typically loses seats.

SC voters cast their ballots on Tuesday for several special elections, including the race for Congress to replace Mick Mulvaney. No matter what the losing side says - and they always say this - the only thing that really matters when it comes to special elections is the "W" and the "L".

But despite his vast support from the Democratic Party and online popularity, including celebrity endorsements from people like actress Alyssa Milano, Ossoff failed to beat Handel in Georgia's 6th district, which has belonged to the GOP since 1979.

Now none of that will happen. In both states, voter turnout broke records for off-year contests, but it apparently was not enough for Democrats to win.

Democrats have so far been unable to prove that they can turn their marches and protests against Trump into victories at the ballot box.

Ossoff, a former congressional aide with a progressive ideology, had just missed winning a majority of the vote in April, forcing him into a runoff with Handel, who came in a distant second in a field of five Democrats, 11 Republicans, and two independents.


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