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In Georgia, a cacophony of arguments could tilt House race

20 Juin 2017

Taking a swipe at Washington Democrats, President Donald Trump is urging voters in a key special House race to elect the Republican candidate so his health care, tax and border security policies can move forward.

Democrats and liberal activists nationally are hoping to show they can flip the 24 GOP-held seats they would need to reclaim a House majority next November.

Jamshaid Bhatti, a 28-year-old Marietta resident, said he trusts Republicans and Trump to come up with a solution to decrease health care costs. After a reporter described it, Handel called it "disgusting".

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For McCleary, 58, it's less about Trump.

"He's a phony. I think he's been coached up", says McCleary, arguing Handel would cast reliably conservative votes. A day before the election, Karen Handel is letting voters know exactly who she'll be in Washington - a yes-woman of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCNN's Acosta: Spicer is "kind of useless" Revive vocational vigor via college savings plan expansion GOP exploiting Virginia shooting in Georgia election MORE who's willing to parrot ridiculous and offensive talking points to win a few votes. The media have echoed this perspective, doubtless in part because of the attention paid to it (both in money and eyeballs) by the left.

Those same Democrats were disappointed in April, when Ossoff failed to win Georgia's special election outright because he did not get 50 percent of the vote.

Jon Ossoff, a documentary film producer and former congressional aide, emerged from the field of five Democratic candidates to finish first, with over 48 percent of the vote in the primary. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was campaigning for the former Georgia secretary of state, quickly rushed away from the event and into his vehicle when ThinkProgress tried to ask him about the massively unpopular Affordable Health Care Act.

But in Georgia, Republicans have chose to simply bury Ossoff with the familiar attack anyway, and done so largely by deploying money that is pouring in from across the state's borders. Handel lags behind at about $5 million. A political action committee backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan spent $7 million on her behalf, and the GOP's House campaign committee about $4.5 million.

Both candidates have denounced the ad.

"It hasn't been that much of an issue on the ground", she said. "I still like Trump, but he can be a bit of a loose cannon". In fact, I'm proud to be supporting her career.

Have you heard about tomorrow's special election to fill a vacant House seat?

"I know some of you out there, some Republicans, may even be turned off by our president", said Sonny Perdue, Mr. Trump's agriculture secretary, at a sweltering get-out-the-vote rally for Ms. Handel on Saturday in an airplane hangar here.

The Principled PAC released a 30-second ad over the weekend claiming the violence from the left will continue to escalate if Ossoff wins the special election.

Defending a tweet Trump posted last week that said he was being "investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director", Sekulow confirmed the president was under investigation and then hedged. "My opponent has more donors and more dollars coming from outside the state of Georgia", she reiterated at the final debate of the months-long campaign. "We advised him not to do that".

In Georgia, a cacophony of arguments could tilt House race