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Trump Helps GOP Get a 'Handle' on Tuesday's Special Elections

20 Juin 2017

"Democrats saw an opportunity, so they went all in", said Randy Evans, a Republican National Committeeman from Georgia.

Independent Vermont Senator Sanders' surprise rise to power in the 2016 presidential election ushered in a voice of liberalism within the party calling for single-payer health care and free college tuition.

Trump endorsed Handel by tweeting that Democrats want to "stop tax cuts, good healthcare, and Border Security".

As you can see, Trump's priorities are blaming Democrats for his lack of accomplishments, lying about Obamacare, and oh, yeah vote for somebody named Karen H, whoever that is.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff greets supporters while campaigning for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Chamblee, Georgia, U.S., June 19, 2017.

A Republican Party chairman in Georgia's 11th Congressional District is also taking some flack by suggesting last week's Congressional baseball field shooting, which wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, could benefit the party politically in the run-off race.

The ad opens with footage of Scalise on a stretcher overlaid with the sound of rapid fire gunshots. 'I think it's disgraceful to politicize it and I think Secretary Handel should call for it to come down. Bernie Sanders' liberal wing of the party concerned that the Democratic establishment is recruiting and running too many moderates - and the establishment anxious that Sanders' insurgency could view a loss as proof the party needs to embrace a much more aggressive, populist, Sanders-like message.

Ossoff raised more than $23 million, most from outside Georgia. That final poll, by the Republican-leaning firm the Trafalgar Group, marks a stunning 5-point swing from their poll released just a week prior, which showed Ossoff leading by 3 points.

Trump only won the district by 1.5 points. About 81 percent said they considered health care policy to be extremely or very important.

But make no mistake: Republicans are closely watching the results to see just how much of a drag Trump is on Handel.

"This race is neck and neck, and over the next four days our campaign is going to continue to work as hard as we ever have to ensure we don't send another career politician to Washington", Ossoff told WSB late Friday. Handel supports Trump's decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

"The strategy for this campaign has always been about who is best and the right fit for people of this district", Handel said on Monday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that more than 140,300 people had cast ballots by the end of Friday's early-voting period, a total that includes both in-person early voters as well as returned absentee-by-mail ballots. Ossoff, a former congressional staffer, almost won the election outright with 48.1 percent in the primary. Vice President Mike Pence also was recently in town to help campaign for Handel.

Trump hosted a fundraiser for Handel in April and called her an "incredible" candidate. He expressed relief at the time.

Trump Helps GOP Get a 'Handle' on Tuesday's Special Elections