Few if any people are casting the SC race as a referendum on Trump's presidency; Trump won the district easily in 2016.
It's all coming to a head on Tuesday.
Here's what you need to know. Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. But Perdue flatly disputed them, calling the election "a harbinger of national politics" as Handel looked on. There is also a not so subtle message that Karen Handel might lose, so Trump doesn't want to get too close, but mostly this is an example of Trump's hamster brain on meth unable to deliver full thoughts or any sort of clear message. She touts her success with balancing in the budget as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and becoming Georgia's first elected Republican Secretary of State.
For the most part, both Ossoff and Handel stuck to their scripts. However, in the short run, it's likely to dominate the political discussion at exactly the same time the Senate is contemplating a secretive, rushed process on health care.
The seat was recently vacated by new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who was the wealthy district's representative for more than a decade. Republicans are favored to hold a fourth seat up Tuesday in SC, while Democrats already held their lone open seat in a California special election. Ms Handel acme in second, with 19.8 percent of the vote. The results moved the top two vote-getters to Tuesday's runoff.
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While no new polls have been released this week, the most recent WSB-TV/Landmark poll showed Ossoff with 49.7% vs. Handel with 48%, well within the poll's 3.5% margin of error. Overall, the race is expected to exceed $50 million in spending.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that more than 140,300 people had cast ballots by the end of Friday's early-voting period, a total that includes both in-person early voters as well as returned absentee-by-mail ballots.
The 36,000 early voters who didn't participate in the primary at all are among the major question marks that make the early vote data hard to read for partisan advantages.
Because of the district's status as suburban, educated and diverse, the Georgia race could be a harbinger of Democrats' ability to compete for similar Republican-held seats in places like Orange County, California, the Philadelphia suburbs and NY state in 2018.
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