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Nail-Biter In Georgia: Democrats Seek First Big Win Of Trump Era

America’s divisive political climate has been on full display in Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

Days after a lone gunman opened fire on U.S. lawmakers at a baseball team practice in Virginia, a conservative group was running a TV ad in Atlanta that, with no evidence, appears to link the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, to the shooting spree.

Ossoff called the ad “shameful” in a statement.

It was an ugly, last-minute twist in the Ossoff-Handel contest for the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Tom Price, who resigned after becoming Trump’s secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

Ossoff, 30, initially drew national attention with the slogan “Make Trump Furious,” inspiring volunteers from as far away as Oregon to knock on doors and make phone calls for him.

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. Like Ossoff, Handel rarely mentions Trump.

Political Dig is tracking the latest numbers from Georgia’s 6th district.

Early numbers predict a nail-biter. At the time of this report, Handel had a two percentage point lead over Ossoff 70,815 votes (51%) to 68,147 (49%) of the votes with 16% of precincts reporting.

Whatever the outcome, the race will not significantly alter the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the House by a wide margin. But victory could provide a blueprint for Democrats on how to win outside of their urban, coastal strongholds.

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