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Expert coverage of the 6th District runoff and politics news in Georgia


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...
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...
By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

The historic turnout of early voters ahead of Tuesday’s runoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has turned a number of assumptions on their head. Now, looking at new data, we also know who these more than 140,300 voters are — and how they differ from those who voted early in the original April 18 special election that set up this contest between Republican Karen...
How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

More than 140,300 people voted early ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, laying a foundation for what many predict will be a bigger turnout now than the race’s original April 18 special election. With Election Day now here, here’s a primer about voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District: First, you must live in the district!...
The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the nationally watched election to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Congress, a bitterly-contested vote between Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff. The race is much more than a vote to fill out the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s term after President Donald Trump’s tapped him to be health secretary. Both parties...
Karen Handel wins; latest Georgia 6th District runoff results

Karen Handel wins; latest Georgia 6th District runoff results

Latest results: Click here if you do not see election results above this line. Most polls closed at 7 p.m. in Georgia’s  6th Congressional District, but the voting may continue at some precincts. As long as you were in line at 7 p.m., you are allowed to stay until you finish voting. How long will it take to count the vote? As long as it takes. We are reminded that it...
In a Sixth District finale, Nathan Deal steps out for Karen Handel

In a Sixth District finale, Nathan Deal steps out for Karen Handel

On the penultimate day of a Sixth District congressional runoff that has seen $50 million spent by both sides, Gov. Nathan Deal will make his first in-person appeal in support of Republican Karen Handel. Former congressman Tom Price and former Gov. Sonny Perdue turned out Saturday for Handel. Deal endorsed the former secretary of state shortly after the first round of voting on April 18, but has yet...
'Unprecedented’ early vote ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff foretells huge turnout

'Unprecedented’ early vote ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff foretells huge turnout

More than 140,300 people voted early ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, laying a foundation for what many predict will be a bigger turnout now than the race’s original April 18 special election. Just what it means for the candidates, however, is still up in the air. Pundits are calling the race too close to call. Polls have indicated the...

Updated: Trump urges 6th District voters to back Karen Handel

President Donald Trump made a last-ditch appeal to Georgia’s 6th District voters Monday, tweeting at two different points in the day that that they should back Republican Karen Handel during tomorrow’s special election in order to block Democrats’ tax, health care and border security agenda. “The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good health care and Border Security. Their ObamaCare...

6th District race prompts many locals to get involved for first time

Tuesday’s special election to replace Tom Price in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs has generated an unprecedented amount of voter enthusiasm, money and attention, locally and beyond. People who have never before been civically active or participated in political campaigns have cut checks, joined social media groups and even volunteered their time to help shape what many see as a uniquely...
‘A sprint through the finish’ in Georgia’s 6th District race

‘A sprint through the finish’ in Georgia’s 6th District race

Republican Karen Handel poses for a photo with Kathleen Weber, 17. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff crisscrossed Atlanta’s suburbs over the weekend to appeal to their likeliest voters in the final days ahead of Tuesday’s 6th District vote, as polls showed a neck-and-neck race and few voters still undecided.
All eyes on Georgia: The race for the 6th District is down to the wire

All eyes on Georgia: The race for the 6th District is down to the wire

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff crisscrossed Atlanta’s suburbs over the weekend to appeal to their likeliest voters in the final days ahead of Tuesday’s 6th District vote, as polls showed a neck-and-neck race and few voters still undecided. Handel rallied the GOP faithful at an event featuring two Cabinet secretaries with deep ties to the district — former Rep. Tom...
Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel condemn TV ad that ties Democrats to Scalise shooting

Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel condemn TV ad that ties Democrats to Scalise shooting

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel strongly condemned an attack ad that surfaced Sunday accusing the “unhinged left” of endorsing violence against Republicans days before the nationally-watched race to represent Georgia’s 6th District is decided. The ad, funded by a little-known group called the Principled PAC, opens with sounds of gunshots and footage of U.S. Rep. Steve...
‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

The eye-popping early-voting turnout in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has left local elections officials gasping, although the surge’s effect on Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff remains uncertain. More than 140,300 people had cast ballots by the end of the race’s early-voting period Friday, a total that includes both...
Cabinet secretaries boost Handel, playing up stakes in Georgia 6th race

Cabinet secretaries boost Handel, playing up stakes in Georgia 6th race

Georgia’s two Cabinet secretaries: Sonny Perdue and Tom Price. A pair of Cabinet secretaries with deep ties to Georgia’s 6th District rallied Republicans Saturday behind Karen Handel in a get-out-the-vote event laced with biting attacks on Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Why Tuesday’s Georgia’s 6th District vote is getting so much attention

Why Tuesday’s Georgia’s 6th District vote is getting so much attention

The 6th Congressional District vote on Tuesday is more than an opportunity for Democrats to score an early victory against President Donald Trump and his agenda. It’s also a chance for Democrats to test a different sort of message in fast-changing suburban districts that they’ll need to retake the U.S. House. That’s because the wealthy and well-educated suburbs spanning from east...
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