Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to choose between Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race to replace Tom Price, now the president's secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"Congressman Scalise is a friend and what we all need to be doing is keeping the tenor down, and keeping him and the others who are injured in our prayers", she said. "This is a laboratory". Ossoff's campaign enjoys support from far-left politicians, like Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and Tom Perez and elitist celebrities like disgraced "comedian" Kathy Griffin, who recently decided it would be amusing to release a video of her holding up a prosthetic that looked like the bloodied, decapitated head of President Trump.
"And making the case for fresh leadership given what's going on in Washington".
The Republican Party chairman in Georgia's 11th Congressional District believes last week's baseball practice shooting - which left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) critically injured - is a good luck charm for the GOP. "Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for congress".
His comments came as a Republican group released an advertisement attempting to link the congressional shooting to Mr Ossoff's Democratic campaign.
A special congressional election in Georgia is now billing at an estimated $40 million and counting between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, making it easily the most expensive in history, NBC News reported. But at least Handel can claim the 6th as her home district. Handel's refusal to issue a full-throated denunciation and demand for the ad to be taken down comes across as a wink-wink to the far right.
Tuesday's runoff election for Georgia's sixth congressional district is the most expensive House race ever. If Handel loses, it will be a warning sign to House Republicans facing tough races in other suburban districts around the country, many of them among the 23 GOP-held seats where Trump trailed Clinton in 2016.
The onslaught of national - and even global - attention that the race has received was hard to ignore during Handel's and Ossoff's campaign events, where dozens of reporters, photographers and television cameras elbowed for better views of the candidates.
Voter registration is surging in Georgia-464,000 more people have registered this year than during the last non-presidential-election year (559,000 voter-registration applications this year compared with 95,000 in 2015).
- Republican Karen Handel, 55, is a former Georgia secretary of state.
Handel called that type of attack "disgusting" and said it should be taken down, echoing Ossoff's call on Sunday. "Trump's handling of the shooting might bring home enough traditional Republican voters uneasy with the president to carry Handel across the finish line", Robert Cahaly, a Republican pollster based in Georgia told Politico.
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