He does not constantly refer to Ms Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, directly either, instead pitching his “fresh leadership” against “career politicians”.
The Georgia Congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price might soon be occupied by a Democrat. And it gives Democrats a chance to prove they can flip at least 24 GOP-held seats and reclaim a House majority in the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel have both focused on local concerns, but national political groups have spent heavily in the biggest proxy war between the two parties since Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election.
Mrs. Handel says her supporters will have the chance Tuesday “to rock Nancy Pelosi’s world”. The race has nevertheless been tight, with both sides spending millions on advertising (it has become the most expensive House race in history). An independent group backing Republican Handel is running an ad on Fox News Channel in Georgia saying “When will it stop?“.
Ossoff has unleashed a massive ground operation reportedly consisting of 12,000 door-knocking, call-making volunteers.
Big day tomorrow in Georgia and SC. Ossoff, a 30-year-old investigative filmmaker, has said the current law can be improved and that he’s opposed to a repeal. That’s not much less than was spent by all parties and candidates combined in the United Kingdom elections held two years ago.
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.
The president has tweeted before that Ossoff is a “super Liberal Democrat” that “wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” National Republicans’ House campaign arm added $4.5 million, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chipped in another seven figures. That’s exactly what Mrs. Handel is now facing from a Democratic rival who got his initial boost from an online campaign based on the pitch “Make Trump Furious“. Handel has now personally called for the ad to be taken down, calling it “disgusting”.
Handel has aligned herself with Trump, who campaigned heavily on repealing Obamacare. As Politico noted, the polls don’t necessarily account for a number of factors unusual to the race, including Ossoff’s allocating millions of dollars in funding toward turning out new voters – whose numbers are much harder for pollsters to anticipate. “And I really do think the congressional baseball shooting is going to decide the election”.