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Handel first female GOP rep elected to Congress in Georgia

Handel first female GOP rep elected to Congress in Georgiaā€¯

A special Georgia congressional election billed as a referendum on Trump's presidency was won by Republican Karen Handel by almost 3 points in a suburban Atlanta district over Democrat Jon Ossoff.

"It shows us that people are wanting some of the things we've been talking about, President Trump's been talking about - less government, more power to the folks". It delivered Donald Trump a 15-point win in November, but gave Republican Ralph Norman just a six-point margin this week. The race to fill Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which Tom Price vacated to become Trump's Health Secretary, offered an early test for Trump and the GOP's potential prospects in the 2018 mid-term elections.

"Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th".

In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump congratulated Handel and said "we are all very proud of you!"

Republican Karen Handel declared victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District with a promise that she'll work to gain the confidence of voters who backed her Democratic opponent.

Especially in a constituency like Georgia, which has been in Republican hands since 1979.

Indeed the best news Democrats got Tuesday night was that a different special House race, in SC, ended up closer than the Georgia contest even though it had drawn little national attention.

But Trump is likely to keep touting the victories. With the victories, along with wins in the Kansas and Montana special elections, the political will to push on with healthcare and tax reforms may increase. "All the Fake News, all the money spent (equals) 0".

"We dodged a bullet tonight", Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake told AFP.

She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble".

Handel later resigned after the charity's board chose to reverse the funding decision, a fact that Ossoff sought to highlight during the campaign.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said. "And we will fight".

"Jon Ossoff stands with the majority of American voters on the issue of gun violence", said the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence in their endorsement last month.

"#Ossof Race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working". And hangdog Democrats were left looking for a message. Mr. Price is now secretary of Health and Human Services.

Congressional Leadership Fund director Corry Bliss told The Washington Times he pauses every morning "to be thankful that the Republican Party still has Nancy Pelosi because Nancy Pelosi is absolutely toxic".

This was the special House race Democrats thought they could win.

According to the Associated Press, following the results of the election Democrat Jon Ossoff responded by saying that his supporters were a "beacon of hope" in his campaign for a House seat in a district which has been held by Republicans since 1979. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements".



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