Trump Weighs In as Georgia Decides Big House Race

Voters will decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2017 7:48 AM CDT
Republican candidate Karen Handel greets diners during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – The House race that has become much more than a House race will be decided Tuesday in Georgia, and President Trump shot off some early tweets to support the GOP candidate. Republican Karen Handel, he wrote, "will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare," and "strong security," while opponent Jon Ossoff "wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district," he tweeted. On the last point, the 30-year-old has explained that he's currently living with his med-student girlfriend but will move back into the district in suburban Atlanta when she's done at Emory University, reports Politico.

With polls showing a statistical dead heat, political analysts have essentially morphed the race into a referendum on Trump. That explains why advocates on both sides have pumped more than $50 million into the contest, making it the most expensive House race in history. The seat has long been held by Republicans, with Tom Price vacating it upon Trump's win to become his Health and Human Services secretary. Both candidates have sought to downplay the national implications, notes the Hill, but it's widely seen as a barometer for the president's agenda and for control of the House in 2018. (Read more Jon Ossoff stories.)

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