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    • A last-minute push to register voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District before the June 20 special election has resulted in nearly 8,000 new voters in the district as of Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That’s a big enough number to swing a close election, and polls thus far show the race within the margin of error. It’s also an encouraging sign for Democrat Jon Ossoff, the insurgent candidate who topped the first round of voting in the solidly Republican district and is hoping that new voters can put him on top in the June 20 runoff. The election between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel has been widely portrayed as a test of the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump. In the conservative district, Ossoff is trying to peel off Republican voters disenchanted with Trump, particularly white women. But in order to win, Ossoff also needs strong support from the Democratic base and new voters. So when a federal judge reopened voter registration in the district through May 21, groups that target young, poor, and minority voters rushed into the district to register eligible voters. The 7,942 new voters include new registrants and people who moved into the district after the primary and transferred their registration. The district has more than 521,000 registered voters, so it’s unclear whether another 7,942—or about 1.5 percent of that total—will make a difference. Ossoff fell 3,700 votes short of winning an outright majority in the primary on April 18. If the runoff remains a toss-up, these new voters could determine the winner.

    A last-minute push to register voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District before the June 20 special election has resulted in nearly 8,000 new voters in the district as of Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That’s a big enough number to swing a close election, and polls thus far show the race within the margin of error. It’s also an encouraging sign for Democrat Jon Ossoff, the insurgent candidate who topped the first round of voting in the solidly Republican district and is hoping that new voters can put him on top in the June 20 runoff. The election between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel has been widely portrayed as a test of the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump. In the conservative district, Ossoff is trying to peel off Republican voters disenchanted with Trump, particularly white women. But in order to win, Ossoff also needs strong support from the Democratic base and new voters. So when a federal judge reopened voter registration in the district through May 21, groups that target young, poor, and minority voters rushed into the district to register eligible voters. The 7,942 new voters include new registrants and people who moved into the district after the primary and transferred their registration. The district has more than 521,000 registered voters, so it’s unclear whether another 7,942—or about 1.5 percent of that total—will make a difference. Ossoff fell 3,700 votes short of winning an outright majority in the primary on April 18. If the runoff remains a toss-up, these new voters could determine the winner.

    Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel. AJC file

    Augusta – Republican Karen Handel called on conservative activists Saturday to defy “angry” Democrats in Georgia’s 6th District race, casting Democrat Jon Ossoff as a stooge of Washington liberals.

    Riffing on the 1979 hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” she compared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – a favorite foil of the GOP – with a certain horned character: “Nancy is coming down to Georgia. She’s looking for a seat to steal.”

    She added, rhyming: “Well, Nancy, my name is Karen. And it might be a sin. But I’ll take your bet – you’re going to regret – cause Georgia’s got Handel in.”

    Her speech to the Georgia GOP convention ended with the Charlie Daniels Band song playing as she walked off stage.

    Handel and Ossoff square off in the nationally-watched June 20 runoff, a furious proxy battle that both parties are desperate to win. The most expensive U.S. House race in the nation’s history, an Ossoff victory in territory long held by the GOP would be a blow to Donald Trump’s presidency.

    The district’s demographics favor Handel – Rep. Tom Price won the seat by a landslide in November – and Handel is relying on support from the GOP base to muscle through the runoff. Her speech was heavy with red-meat attacks, including a reference to comedian Kathy Griffin that provoked applause.

    “Our mission remains constant: And that is to elect Republicans and advance conservative principles and ideas,” Handel said. “Our opposition, they are determined. They are united. United in their anger, united in their intolerance to anyone who would dare disagree with them.”

    At a Friday night GOP fundraising dinner, Handel echoed the same themes, telling the crowd that Democrats “want this state badly.”

    “I see the opposition. They’re not here tonight, but I see them every day on the campaign trail,” said Handel. “Let me tell you they’re determined. They’re also kind of angry.”

    She closed: “On June 20, Nancy is going to get a rude awakening. Because we will have kicked some Ossoff.”

    http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/06/03/georgia-6th-handel-urges-republicans-to-defy-angry-democrats/

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