Georgia Republican calls ad tying race to congressional shooting 'disgusting'
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"The race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is the most expensive congressional race in history, easily overtaking Florida 18's 2012 election, which cost $29.5 million", Sara Swann, of the Center for Responsive Politics, said in an analysis of the race released Monday.
Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in a nationally watched matchup that Democrats want to turn into a referendum on Trump.
The campaigns and outside groups on both sides are expected to spend at least $42 million just on television and radio ads alone.
Both candidates have reported receiving threats, prompting heightened security in the final days of the race. "And if he wins, they win". "Stop them now. Stop Jon Ossoff". SOUNDBITE: KAREN HANDEL, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "We are going to rock Nancy Pelosi's world".
An outside group that supports President Donald Trump is running a radio ad in Atlanta ahead of Georgia's special election Tuesday that takes the voice of former President Barack Obama out of context to make the argument that Democrats take black voters for granted.
Handel's experience in government contrasts with Ossoff's status as a political newcomer. "The man is fighting for his life", he said. "I think that's absurd".
Handel, a 55-year-old former Georgia secretary of state, has painted Ossoff as an inexperienced tool of national liberal interests who does not live in the district he hopes to represent.
However, Carver isn't alone in thinking the shooting could be beneficial for political gains.
The suspect, identified as James T Hodgkinson, allegedly opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practised for an annual congressional charity baseball game.
President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and two members of Trump's cabinet with Georgia ties - Sonny Perdue and Tom Price - have previously campaigned with her. He stresses his Trump hatred to the base, while his positions on other issues appeal to more moderate voters in the district.
In the April free-for-all primary election that pitted Ossoff and Handel against 16 other candidates, 11,860 Cobb voters voted early. The babbling president whined about Democrats, lied about Obamacare, then had no room to endorse Handel in the Georgia special House election.
She predicted a "tremendous" turnout in Tuesday's election and dismissed questions about whether she would run again in 2018 if she lost the vote or what a victory or defeat would say about the national political environment. A WSB-Landmark Communications poll on Saturday indicated that the race is almost deadlocked, with Handel leading 49.7 percent to 48 percent.