Final pitches made in nationally watched Georgia House race

Final pitches made in nationally watched Georgia House race

"Big day tomorrow in Georgia and South Carolina", Trump tweeted, referring to a second state which is holding a special congressional election Tuesday.

Mr Trump barely won the district in November, giving Democrats an opening once Republican Tom Price resigned the seat to join the president's Cabinet as health secretary.

As the most expensive House race in in US history goes into voters' hands, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to weigh in on the closely-watched election.

Ossoff and Handel were the top two finishers in an April 19 primary, advancing to the one-on-one runoff election.

More than 140,000 voters cast their ballots early - an astounding number for a special election, and one that almost matches presidential contests. Handel, who formerly served as Georgia's secretary of state, seeks to maintain her party's hold on the district's seat, which ranges back to 1979.

Donors from across the country have shown an outpouring of support for Ossoff, with fundraising efforts totaling well over $20 million, not including an additional $6 million in donations from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Ossoff has raised nearly $24 million during the campaign. As of Sunday, Channel 2's Landmark Communications polls shows Ossoff leads Handel 49 percent to 48.9 percent.

In what's become the most expensive House race in history, both Democrats and Republicans have tons at stake.

1978 - The a year ago a Democrat held this traditionally conservative seat based in Atlanta's northwest suburbs. If he fails, it's likely that Bernie Sanders-backing Democrats will use the loss to promote the idea that the party still needs a major revamp of its rhetoric. Making his first bid for office, he's become a symbol of the Trump opposition movement.

But even if we can't expect that every House race will rouse the whole country's interest, it's absolutely appropriate for voters to treat it like a referendum not only on President Trump, but on the national Democratic and Republican parties.

House Democrats only reluctantly, and minimally, competed in special elections earlier in the year in Kansas and Montana.

With regard to Mr. Trump's Russian Federation controversy, she has said let's see "where the facts take us" but has also called the controversy "noise". Polls in each state are open from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. ET. Even if Ossoff wins, that battle within the party will continue to rage, though it may be briefly tamped down as Democrats celebrate his victory.

If Handel were to win, Republicans on Capitol Hill could feel they are on the right track - helping the GOP's push for health care and tax reform legislation.

Democrats, meanwhile, see in Georgia an early test of their strategy of trying to win typically Republican seats in suburban areas - districts that are relatively highly educated, wealthy and diverse.

"It's not just symbolic - we really can't afford to lose any seats at this point", said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., noting that "the factions" among congressional Republicans make their majorities more tenuous in practice than they may seem on paper.

Ossoff raised more than $23 million, most from outside Georgia.

Both candidates tried to avoid talk on Monday about the contest's national implications for Democrats and Republicans in the Trump era, but their supporters aren't treading as carefully. Some observers say Tuesday's figures could even surpass the number of people who voted in the district for the 2014 midterm election. Handel has tried to toe the line between accepting the help of national Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan, who campaigned with her, and the president, who held a fundraiser for her, and being bogged down by the president's approval rating. Brandon Beach, a Republican whose district includes part of the terrain being fought on here. It broke heavily for Mitt Romney in 2012, with the former governor winning by 23 points over President Barack Obama, but in 2016, Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton by 1.5 percentage points.