Some Georgia Republicans see a 'political upside' to tragic shooting

Some Georgia Republicans see a 'political upside' to tragic shooting

Some Georgia Republicans see a 'political upside' to tragic shooting

The race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is seen as a significant political test for the new Trump Administration and spending could top $50 million, making it the most expensive House race in USA history.

Handel has, for most of the race, been consistently polling a few points behind Democrat Jon Ossoff in the district, a normally-Republican suburb of Atlanta that Donald Trump only barely won in 2016.

But the national attention - and all the money - tells another story.

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.

Even a Trump Cabinet member and former Georgia governor, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, acknowledged the conundrum at a recent Handel rally, saying "some Republicans" are "turned off" by the president.

Ossoff "wants to raise taxes and kill healthcare", Trump added. "Their ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted. The seat opened in February when Price resigned to become Trump's health and human service secretary.

Ossoff fell just short of winning the seat outright in April's jungle primary, when he netted 48 percent of the vote. With spending surpassing $40 million last week, the contest has become the most expensive House race in USA history.

Ossoff, 30, initially drew national attention with the slogan "Make Trump Furious", inspiring volunteers from as far away as OR to knock on doors and make phone calls for him. The two campaigns and political groups have bombarded Atlanta-area television and radio with election advertising. She broadly endorsed Trump's loose outlines for tax cuts; he's said any plan must be "fiscally responsible". Handel, 55, is a well-known former board chairwoman of the state's most populous county, Fulton, and also a former Georgia secretary of state. "So much of this election has been about attitudes toward Donald Trump".

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.

But the results are different for voters who plan to vote next Tuesday.

The closely watched congressional special election in Georgia is tomorrow, and Republicans are more than a little nervous about losing a seat they assumed would be theirs indefinitely.

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

No House race has ever been this costly, with more than $50 million being spent between candidates, parties and political groups. In two previous special elections - in Kansas and Montana - Democrats lost but dramatically outperformed expectations in districts that traditionally skew red.

"I was asked about the Congressional baseball game shooting and its effect on the Congressional Race in the 6th District".