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Handel and Ossoff are competing for Georgia's 6 Congressional District in three urban Atlanta counties left open when Tom Price left to become Secretary of Health and Human Services in Trump's administration. But Republicans in Georgia are seeking to exploit the shooting to gain an advantage in this week's special Congressional election. Whether she can ride her last minute momentum to victory tomorrow night remains to be seen.
Ossoff won the primary, but Handel had split the GOP vote with 10 other Republican candidates, something that will not be in play in the runoff, noted the Journal-Constitution.
Meanwhile, in SC, another special election is set for Tuesday between Democrat Archie Parnell and Republican Ralph Norman.
Republicans, weighed down by Trump's growing unpopularity, must demonstrate they can separate themselves from the president enough to hold suburban districts that only now are becoming battlegrounds.
Less than 48 hours before the polls open in Georgia's 6th congressional district for a special election to replace Rep. Tom Price who took a job as President Trump's HHS secretary, and the latest polls show a almost dead even race.
For the most part, both Ossoff and Handel stuck to their scripts.
There's another election Tuesday in SC, to replace former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican who is now serving as President Trump's budget director.
The Hillreports both candidates are uniting in denouncing a last-minute campaign ad produced by the Principled PAC that suggests a link between Ossoff and the shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise. Ossoff has largely run on a platform of opposition to Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.
Handel and Ossoff will face off on Tuesday in the runoff election after several months of campaigning. Ossoff says any tax changes should be "fiscally responsible".
Brad Carver, the chairman of the Republican Party in Georgia's 11th congressional district, isn't being shy about exploiting last week's shooting at a Republican baseball practice to help his party win a critical special election.
Democrats see the race where $50 million has been spent - the most ever for a House race - as a referendum on Trump's policies and have unleashed an army of volunteers to get voters to the polls for Ossoff. The district traditionally goes Republican, but most consider the race too close to call as voters head to the polls on Tuesday. He stresses his Trump hatred to the base, while his positions on other issues appeal to more moderate voters in the district.