Republicans believe the run-off will favour them in an affluent seat they have held since 1979.
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 us history.
“You know, I can’t even think about the politics of a tragedy like that”, Ossoff said. However, there have been those, like President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), and other conservatives who have only stoked the fires.
Party insiders say Georgia is not a must-win given the GOP advantages here, but winning in a district like this could put them on their way to a successful 2018, and it would embolden donors and volunteers nationally – and potentially boost candidate recruiting in friendlier districts.
The PAC’s ad flashes a screenshot of the letter sent to Handel, as well as the image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a decapitated head that resembles Donald Trump.
Last month, Republican Greg Gianforte won a special congressional election in Montana, despite being charged with assaulting a United Kingdom reporter.
Trump adds that Ossoff wants to “raise taxes and kill healthcare”.
The Georgia 6th is an affluent and well-educated district that has elected Newt Gingrich, the former speaker; Johnny Isakson, now Georgia’s senior US senator; and most recently Tom Price, who resigned in February to join the administration.
It’s shaping up to be the most expensive house race in history.
Ossoff mentioned those points over and over and over again – more than half a dozen times – as he was being questioned by dozens of members of the local and national media during an afternoon campaign stop in Chamblee on Monday. The two campaigns and political groups have bombarded Atlanta airwaves with election advertising. That’s both the district’s Republican stronghold and where nearly half the district’s voters reside.
READ: Georgia Election 2017: How Much Money Is Being Spent Between Democrats, Republicans For House Seat? Another high-profile Republican, Newt Gingrich, also began his political career there.
The Handel campaign said it had no ties to Shelton. If she loses, Republicans in swing districts may be forced to reassess their positions on health care.
Polling stations open at 07:00 (11:00 GMT) and close at 19:00.
Trump wrote that Ossoff “can’t even vote. because he doesn’t even live there!” After a string of close, yet ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to win Republican seats in GOP special elections, Democrats are asking if not now, when?
A spate of retirements from nervous incumbents who lack the stomach for a bitter re-election battle could be avoidable: A Handel victory could show anxious party members – particularly those in suburban districts that Democrats are targeting – that they can still rely on a strategy of turning out their base in Republican-leaning districts, even if Trump is unpopular there.
Should Democrats fail to convert at least one of the special election seats, it could be a demoralizing blow for administration opponents who have seen these races as early tests of the national strength of an anti-Trump movement.
“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans”. Steve Scalise remains hospitalized in serious condition after being shot in the hip.