Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Women Are Leading the Charge in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District

Women Are Leading the Charge in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District

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

The onslaught of national - and even worldwide - 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.

In her statement last Wednesday, Handel declared, "My thoughts are with the victims of this morning's despicable, unprovoked attack on the Republican congressional softball team".

A proxy war between the Sanders faction and more Clinton-esque Democrats played out in Virginia's gubernatorial primary race this week.

The former congressional staffer turned investigative filmmaker sticks to his practice of not naming President Donald Trump but tells backers "politics does not have to be about fear and hate and deception and division".

The Democrats are looking to capitalise on the president's low personal approval ratings to win Georgia's sixth district seat.

The race has attracted record-shattering spending, to the tune of about $50 million-making it the most expensive House race ever-and intense national attention, with outside groups injecting national politics into the House race.

If Handel were to win, Republicans on Capitol Hill could feel they are on the right track - helping the GOP's push for health care and tax reform legislation. Republicans are favored to hold a fourth seat up Tuesday in SC, while Democrats already held their lone open seat in a California special election.

A spate of retirements from nervous incumbents who lack the stomach for a bitter re-election battle could be avoidable: A Handel victory could show anxious party members - particularly those in suburban districts that Democrats are targeting - that they can still rely on a strategy of turning out their base in Republican-leaning districts, even if Trump is unpopular there.

Shipp also noted that while John McCain and Mitt Romney swept the Sixth District by margins of 3-to-2 in 2008 and '12, Trump carried it by less than 2 percent of the vote past year.

As to how onetime National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Spicer viewed the race himself, he said: "I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it". A bright pink mailer from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund also urged residents to vote for Ossoff.

Democrats, meanwhile, see in Georgia an early test of their strategy of trying to win typically Republican seats in suburban areas - districts that are relatively highly educated, wealthy and diverse.

But with Democrats falling short in those races, and the Republican expected to win in SC, all eyes have turned to Georgia.

While the election does not offer a crystal clear window into 2018, Democrats are eager to show that voter enthusiasm can give them a shot at flipping Republican-held seats during the midterm elections. The polls open Tuesday (June 20).

But if you watch Ossoff on the campaign trail or in TV ads, you'd never know it.

"The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans".

Ossoff responded to the ad: "The man is fighting for his life", he said.

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