Points to Know As Georgia House Race Heads to Voters

Points to Know As Georgia House Race Heads to Voters

His campaign has been fueled by more than $23 million in fundraising. The election comes following a vacancy left by former Rep. Tom Price, who left his post in February to join the Trump administration as secretary of health and human services.

Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district greets diners during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017.

Handel also poked fun at Ossoff's experience working as a "junior staffer for Hank "Don't Let Guam Tip Over" Johnson", a reference to Ossoff's work for a congressman who once stated his fear that the USA island may literally tip over. But as an increasingly well-educated, diverse suburban district it is exactly the kind of territory which Democrats need to flip if they want to gain the 24 seats necessary to reclaim the House of Representatives in 2018.

Handel is not only a Trump supporter, but also a staunch anti-LGBTQ extremist who opposes marriage equality and the right for same-sex couples to adopt.

Should Democrats fail to convert at least one of the special election seats, it could be a demoralizing blow for administration opponents who have seen these races as early tests of the national strength of an anti-Trump movement.

Tom Greathouse, an auto fix business owner who voted for Handel early Tuesday morning at a high school in Johns Creek, said he still was encouraged to see so many neighbors talking about the race. He emphasizes it's mostly from individual donors.

Lee Roberts, a general contractor who used to be Republican and now leans Democrat, supports Ossoff. A victory in a traditionally red state could also encourage more Democratic candidates to step forward in Republican districts.

Of course, Handel's benefited from outside money, too; it just hasn't flowed through her campaign, which has raised less than a quarter of Ossoff's haul. It just hasn't flowed through her campaign, which has raised $5 million thanks in part to three fundraisers headlined by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan. National Republicans' House campaign arm added $4.5 million, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chipped in another seven figures. Among the questions they'll seek to answer, according to Democratic strategist Penny Lee: "Is the anger more national than it is local?"

For Republicans, it's about defense, with a healthy dose of fear. Republicans are favored to hold a fourth seat on Tuesday in SC, while Democrats already held their lone open seat in a California special election.

Democrats across the country see Ossoff's candidacy as an opportunity to win back a seat in the Republican-dominated House.

A little-known political action committee unveiled a last-minute ad trying to link Ossoff to the shooting of a Republican House leader and others at a GOP congressional baseball team practice last week outside Washington.

No, Handel's blaming "the left".