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Georgia’s Handel takes oath to kick off congressional career

Georgia’s Handel takes oath to kick off congressional career

There was a brief photo-op with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a few formalities from U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hug and then an oath. The whole affair took less than half an hour. And just like that, Karen Handel made Georgia history, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman. Monday evening’s events on the House floor were a coda, an end to the state’s omnipresent 6th Congressional...

Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District. The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending. In a brief speech to her new colleagues...

Forces that once opposed Karen Handel helped notch historic 6th District win

WASHINGTON — It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one. It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds...
Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

WASHINGTON — Republican Karen Handel will officially become Georgia’s 6th District congresswoman on Monday evening, filling a seat that’s been vacant for more than four months after a hard-fought victory over an upstart Democratic opponent earlier this week.
Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one. It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen...
Cobb Chairman weighs in on Handel-Ossoff 6th District drama

Cobb Chairman weighs in on Handel-Ossoff 6th District drama

Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce struck a conciliatory note  following the 6th District Congressional race that pitted neighbor against neighbor in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs. Boyce endorsed Rep. Karen Handel’s candidacy  in her electoral battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The 6th District stretches from north DeKalb, across Fulton to East Cobb, where Boyce resides...
With the Sixth District race done, a Supreme Court candidate pops up

With the Sixth District race done, a Supreme Court candidate pops up

That giant sucking sound that suddenly went silent late Tuesday was the Sixth District, which finally left the stage and allowed other political campaigns a little oxygen. Press releases from the Atlanta mayoral campaigns spiked on Wednesday. A candidate for the state Senate District 39, being vacated by mayoral candidate Vincent Fort, sent a message via Facebook, wondering why we hadn’t yet...
What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington

What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington

Karen Handel punched her ticket to Washington on Tuesday after a hard-fought, four-month race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but she won’t find it easy when she arrives on Capitol Hill. The Republican representative-elect will soon be sworn in as the most junior member of the U.S. House, a position that comes with little actual power but gobs of visibility. Handel will...
Pressure on Pelosi mounts after Ossoff’s 6th District defeat

Pressure on Pelosi mounts after Ossoff’s 6th District defeat

A screenshot of a Congressional Leadership Fund attack ad against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Democrats are forming a circular firing squad in the aftermath of Jon Ossoff’s Tuesday defeat, and they’re training their sights on the same person Republicans used as a battering ram the Sixth District fight.
Georgia 2018: Conservative PAC backs Shafer’s LG bid

Georgia 2018: Conservative PAC backs Shafer’s LG bid

State Sen. David Shafer. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Republican David Shafer is lining up more prominent supporters in an attempt to scare off rivals and establish himself as the front-runner in the race for lieutenant governor.
As Senate health care debate begins, think of south Georgia and breast cancer

As Senate health care debate begins, think of south Georgia and breast cancer

A few of  details of the top-secret Senate Republican plan for America’s health care have begun to leak out. From the Associated Press: Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say&hellip...
While losing, Ossoff easily won DeKalb’s vote in 6th District

While losing, Ossoff easily won DeKalb’s vote in 6th District

Democrat John Ossoff lost the 6th District race Tuesday, despite easily carrying DeKalb County’s portion of the vote. He recorded 33,847 votes to Republican Karen Handel’s 24,070 in the faithfully blue county, according to unofficial results. Handel prevailed in the northernmost eight precincts in the district, which also includes parts of Cobb and Fulton counties. Ossoff won...
Ga. 6th District: Data shows Ossoff came up short in North Fulton

Ga. 6th District: Data shows Ossoff came up short in North Fulton

In his race against Republican Karen Handel for the congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrat Jon Ossoff came up short in north Fulton County. An interactive map from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution showing Tuesday’s voting results in the suburbs north of Atlanta, where Handel resides, shows a lot more red than blue. Handel, Georgia’s former Secretary of State...
How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District runoff election?

How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District runoff election?

Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 6th Congressional District race Tuesday night, becoming Georgia’s first female Republican member of the U.S. House. What would usually be a tame special election in an historically red section of the Atlanta suburbs brought obscene amounts of national attention and dollars. You can see how voters at each precinct, ...
Voter turnout made Georgia’s 6th District runoff look like a midterm election

Voter turnout made Georgia’s 6th District runoff look like a midterm election

Sixth District voters turned out in unprecedented numbers Tuesday for their runoff, but it takes a step back to appreciate by just how much. We already knew that while typical turnout during off-year special elections is notoriously low, Georgia’s 6th District special election on April 18 (which decided who was in Tuesday’s runoff) topped 37 percent — nearly 194,000 people voted...
How Handel won Georgia’s 6th District race

How Handel won Georgia’s 6th District race

Karen Handel’s victorious path through Georgia’s 6th Congressional District began in the outskirts of downtown Marietta and tore through the conservative stronghold of east Cobb County. It darted through her hometown of Roswell and into the affluent deep-red bastions of Milton and parts of Johns Creek.Handel staved off what would have been an embarrassing upset by Democrat Jon Ossoff by...
Farewell to Jon Ossoff: Perhaps the last ‘cooperative’ Democrat

Farewell to Jon Ossoff: Perhaps the last ‘cooperative’ Democrat

Fresh off Karen Handel’s 6th District victory, President Donald Trump offered a bit of unsolicited advice to ailing Democrats: Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security. Obstruction doesn't work! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2017 But Trump actually misses the point. Democrat Jon Ossoff didn&rsquo...

One early lesson from Georgia-6: Pelosi is a potent campaign villain

President Donald Trump may have been the 800-pound gorilla in Georgia’s 6th District race, but Nancy Pelosi ended up being the albatross. Republican Karen Handel’s larger-than-expected win over Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday proved how potent her side’s messaging regarding the House minority leader could be in mobilizing GOP voters. Handel and her allies took every opportunity on the...
When will Karen Handel be sworn into office?

When will Karen Handel be sworn into office?

It could take a few days — or even a couple of weeks — for Karen Handel to be sworn in as the newest member of the House of Representatives. The Republican defeated documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff Tuesday evening in a nationally-watched contest for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Handel won 51.9 percent of the vote. Before...

Democrat Jon Ossoff during his concession speech. PHOTO / JASON GETZ Jon Ossoff smashed fundraising records and became a national Democratic star in his bid to flip Georgia’s 6th District.
Twitter reacts to Karen Handel’s 6th District victory over Jon Ossoff

Twitter reacts to Karen Handel’s 6th District victory over Jon Ossoff

Republicans from the 6th District and beyond celebrated Tuesday night when former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel won the congressional seat after a close and expensive campaign. Handel won over Democrat Jon Ossoff by 5 percentage points in a race that polls showed to be neck-and-neck in the days leading up to the special election. Handel will fill the seat in the U.S. Representatives vacated...
Republican Karen Handel declares victory in Georgia race for Congress

Republican Karen Handel declares victory in Georgia race for Congress

Republican Karen Handel celebrated her win over Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday to a crowd chanting “Karen, Karen, Karen” as she heads to Congress to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs. “This was going to be a very, very tight race, it was going to be contentious, and it was going to require all hands on deck, and that’s exactly what we had,” Handel...
Jon Ossoff in 6th District concession: ‘The fight goes on’

Jon Ossoff in 6th District concession: ‘The fight goes on’

Democrat Jon Ossoff delivers his concession speech in Georgia’s 6th District race. PHOTO / JASON GETZ Democrat Jon Ossoff conceded to Republican Karen Handel in the hard-fought race to represent Georgia’s 6th District, ending a defiant address to hundreds of disappointed supporters Tuesday with a pledge that the “fight goes on.
Handel defeats Ossoff to win Georgia 6th District

Handel defeats Ossoff to win Georgia 6th District

Republican Karen Handel staved off a furious challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday in a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat in Congress, as the GOP and President Donald Trump avoided an embarrassing defeat in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. A former Georgia secretary of state, Handel emphasized her experience and roots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to...
Fulton ‘quiet and somewhat boring’ on Ga. 6th District Election Day

Fulton ‘quiet and somewhat boring’ on Ga. 6th District Election Day

Folks watching the votes come in for Georgia’s special 6th Congressional District election in April were surely disappointed when Fulton County failed to present its vote totals before midnight. A memory card error slowed the county down in reporting its numbers. Totals weren’t reported until after 2 a.m. But this time around, in the runoff election between Democrat Jon Ossoff...
Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel staved off a furious challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday in a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat in Congress, as the GOP and President Donald Trump avoided an embarrassing defeat in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. A former Georgia secretary of state, Handel emphasized her experience and roots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to...
Scattered problems but no major issues reported in 6th District voting

Scattered problems but no major issues reported in 6th District voting

Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear whether the deluge had much of an effect on turnout in Tuesday ‘s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Scattered problems were reported, although no major issues arose during what officials said was a steady stream of voting...
Voices from the 6th District

Voices from the 6th District

“We need a change in Washington. We need to promote the balance of power in the Congress. We need to send a message to all the country that we’re not happy with what’s going on. We want the president to become more honest in his relationship with the media and the people. Personally, I wish that the taxes would be decreased for the middle class.” — Guillermo Rosales,...
Most 6th District polls closing: This expert says one candidate might be hurt more if rain dampens turnout

Most 6th District polls closing: This expert says one candidate might be hurt more if rain dampens turnout

UPDATE: Polls are closing across the 6th District. Any voter in line by 7 p.m. is allowed to cast a ballot. Two polling locations in DeKalb County will remain open until 7:30 p.m., after officials received permission from a judge to extend voting time because of problems this morning with checking voters in. They are the only two locations in the 6th District that have extended time to vote....
A rainy race to the finish in Georgia’s 6th District runoff election

A rainy race to the finish in Georgia’s 6th District runoff election

Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear if the deluge will have much of an effect on voting as the hours ticked closer to the end of Tuesday ‘s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The National Weather Service said storms would likely continue as metro Atlanta, including much...
Georgia Sixth: How the rain could affect turnout for Ossoff, Handel

Georgia Sixth: How the rain could affect turnout for Ossoff, Handel

Voters walk to a polling place as ballots are cast in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Georgia Sixth District voters who haven’t already dashed to the polls should plan on getting very wet when they do cast their ballots, our colleague Ben Brasch reports.
Hey, 6th District voters: Did the rain stop you from voting today? 

Hey, 6th District voters: Did the rain stop you from voting today? 

Now that most of the polls have closed in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District runoff, election officials will play the waiting game to see if heavy metro-wide showers and flooding hampered voter turnout.  Voters seeking to elect either Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel in this special election to replace Republican Tom Price, now U.S. Secretary of Health...
The pluses and minuses of being Donald Trump’s favorite in the Sixth District race

The pluses and minuses of being Donald Trump’s favorite in the Sixth District race

Welcome to the final day of the Sixth District congressional contest between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff. If you’re Handel, there are pluses and minuses to being a Republican under the gaze of President Donald Trump. These are the pluses:   Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district. —...
After mix-up, two DeKalb voting sites will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

After mix-up, two DeKalb voting sites will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE: DeKalb County officials have received permission to extend voting hours at Livsey Elementary and in Embry Hills at Holy Cross Catholic Church until 7:30 p.m. tonight. The half-hour extension came after both locations experienced problems this morning with checking voters in. See more details below. UPDATE 2: Fulton County officials are aware of one Sandy Springs voter who was mistakenly turned...
Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Today will be different. The last time Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff were on the ballot, in April, it took Fulton County until after 2 a.m. to count the votes, while the whole nation was watching. Today, all eyes are again on Fulton in the 6th District Congressional race that has become the most expensive of its kind. Richard Barron, the county’s director...
The polls are open: Here’s what could decide the 6th District race

The polls are open: Here’s what could decide the 6th District race

The polls are open in the nationally watched election to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Congress, as 6th District voters choose whether to send Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff to Washington. The district stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, and the voting booths will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The race is much more than a vote to fill out the remainder...
Trump urges Georgia 6th District voters to back Handel on Election Day

Trump urges Georgia 6th District voters to back Handel on Election Day

President Donald Trump urged voters yet again to back Republican Karen Handel’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th District, sending a tweet early Tuesday that she will “never give up” an hour before the polls open. “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS,” read his tweet. “She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give...

Georgia 6th: Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

Some of the top elected Republicans in Georgia on Monday evening had a message to relay just 12 hours before the polls opened in the 6th Congressional District: it’s all hands on deck for Karen Handel. Top officials from the state Republican Party, the congressional delegation, local government and the state house huddled at Houck’s Grille in Roswell for a final get-out-the-vote rally...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A nasty TV ad makes a late appearance in race for the Sixth

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” featured a five-member cast dissecting the final entrails for omens in the Sixth District race for Congress. The verdict: Too close to call. One area of agreement: A gunshot pocked TV ad from a little-known super PAC, attempting to tie Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign to the shooting of a Republican congressman last week, is a...
Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff made their final pitches to voters Monday ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District contest, as President Donald Trump waded further into the closely watched race. Both candidates resisted questions about the broader implications of the special election to replace Tom Price as they crisscrossed the three-county district Monday. But the race&rsquo...
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