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Karen Handel Wiki: Facts to Know about Georgia's Former Secretary of State

21 April 2017

President Donald Trump is likely to loom large in the 6 district congressional runoff as candidates Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel look toward the June 20 showdown.

Tuesday's election also narrowed the crowded field of eleven Republican candidates down to just one: moderate Republican Karen Handel, who is heavily favored to win in a district that hasn't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1979.

"It's a test case for how far a Democratic candidate can go in a Republican district on the strength of opposition to Trump", said Todd Rehm, a Georgia Republican strategist who is not affiliated with any candidate in the race.

Deal called the special election in early February after Price, a Roswell doctor, was tapped by the Trump administration to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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He published a similar message last week, after Republicans were forced to scramble to win a congressional special election in a ruby-red Kansas district.

DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the district offers the flawless setting for Democrats to prove their momentum heading into 2018. The election that was seen as an early referendum on Trump, threw a scare into Republicans - as the president tweeted several times blasting Ossoff. "Glad to be of help!"

Cuomo noted. "You have college educated whites that didn't vote for Trump as emphatically". But the matchup in greater Atlanta's northern suburbs is just as much about Ossoff and Handel acting as proxies for the nation's roiled political atmosphere.

The hotly contested race carried major implications as a gauge of President Donald Trump's popularity - and Trump himself seemed to grasp the high stakes, playing a direct role in its closing days with robocalls and by attacking Ossoff repeatedly on Twitter. Newt Gingrich came from this district. By failing to avoid the runoff, Ossoff will now face Handel one-on-one in the runoff.

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She credited Trump with helping get out the vote and vowed, "I will prevail".

But Ossoff's haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations. Everybody was talking about what's going to happen there because Trump is weighing in so heavily and the fact that Ossoff is a neophyte made it more of a proxy battle. "I do not think that gay relationships are-they are not what God intended" and that she also opposed adoption by gay parents.

Ossoff benefited from a large Republican field of 11 candidates, some of whom emphasized their loyalty to Trump while others kept their distance.

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