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The Republican winner of the most expensive House race ever took her seat representing Atlanta's 6th Congressional District on Monday evening, along with a South Carolina Republican who claimed a narrower-than-expected victory to retain a strongly Republican seat.

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The dual swearing-in ceremony returned Republicans to full strength in the chamber at 241 seats after the party won four special elections to replace GOP lawmakers who left the House to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

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Karen Handel is set to be sworn in after her victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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Handel's swearing-in ceremony is planned for this evening at the U.S. Capitol. Handel is the first female Republican to be elected to a congressional seat in Georgia.

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Republican Karen Handel's victory in the 6th Congressional District runoff sparked several days of finger-pointing among Democrats who had hoped Jon Ossoff could flip a House seat that had been in GOP hands for decades.

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The more than $30 million spent by Democrats to boost Jon Ossoff’s campaign wasn’t enough for a win in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District that went to Republican Karen Handel by a larger than anticipated margin.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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A large overall turnout helped Republican Karen Handel sweep to victory in the 6th Congressional District runoff election. She defeated heavily-funded Democrat Jon Ossoff by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

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Dr. Kerwin Swint, chair of Kennesaw State University's political science department, said that Handel took advantage of a big cluster of support.

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Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling Obamacare. And Democrats are looking almost incapable of translating the energy of their core supporters into actual election wins.

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The cheers started early at Karen Handel's election headquarters Tuesday night. They kept coming each time Fox TV updates showed the Republican holding her lead.

 

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After months of frenzied campaigning, 6th District voters decided to send Georgia’s first Republican woman to Congress.

 

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp promises voters in today's 6th Congressional District runoff their votes will count.

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"We'll have people at every election headquarters tonight monitoring the sending in of the ballots, and the process for counting,” Kemp said.

In March, an unauthorized source was able to access data from the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems for the second time. Kemp said he is confident today's election won't be compromised. 

Closer Look: Ramadan; Fulton County Taxes; And More

Jun 19, 2017
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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As Georgia's 6th District voters get ready to decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, H. Maxine Daniels, the director of voter registrations and elections for DeKalb County, is making the final preparations for tomorrow. 

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“There’s a little bit of concern about security with some of the things that have happened in recent times, and so we are beefing up security throughout the district,” Daniels said. 

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Candidates in the tight, hard-fought race to replace Tom Price in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have one more day to sway voters.

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Dr. Nadine Becker wasn't politically involved until she saw Donald Trump elected president, but the suburban Atlanta gynecologist didn't know how to engage, given her traditionally Republican surroundings.

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"I was yelling at the TV and throwing things at the TV," recalls the 55-year-old mother of three. Then she found her cause in 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is aiming for a major upset in Georgia's 6th Congressional District runoff Tuesday against Republican Karen Handel.

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Initial tests show suspicious letters sent to a Georgia congressional candidate, news outlets and others did not contain dangerous materials. But the FBI says authorities will conduct additional tests.

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In a statement Friday, the FBI said the envelopes contained a white powder. The statement says all the letters contained "threat-based content" but have tested negative for hazardous materials.

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A security researcher disclosed a gaping security hole at the outfit that manages Georgia's election technology, days before the state holds a closely watched congressional runoff vote on June 20.

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Vice President Mike Pence is trying to shore up a Georgia congressional candidate in the final days of a surprisingly competitive special election in Atlanta's usually Republican suburbs.

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Pence will appear with Karen Handel at a fundraiser Friday after he speaks at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff on June 20 for the 6th Congressional District seat opened when former Rep. Tom Price resigned to join President Donald Trump's administration.

Residents of Metro Atlanta voted for officials and SPLOST measures during the March 21st special election.
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Voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have an opportunity to cast ballots this weekend.

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State election officials say early voting locations will be open Saturday in the district, which includes portions of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Saturday voting hours are intended to make voting easier for those who want to vote early but are unable to on weekdays. For the runoff, early voting ends June 16.

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Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel squared off Tuesday night in the first of two live debates. The candidates for the 6th Congressional District came at each other with lines modeled on their attack ads.

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Handel's pitch for the night? Ossoff was handpicked by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. His values and his funding aren't from here.

 

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Karen Handel wants voters in Atlanta's northern suburbs to stick with a Republican in Congress, just like they've done since 1979. Democrat Jon Ossoff says Georgia's 6th Congressional District should make a change.

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The two rivals are scheduled to meet today in their first televised debate, two weeks ahead of a June 20 special election that has garnered national attention and an avalanche of spending.

Atlanta's WSB-TV will broadcast the debate at 8 p.m.

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Watch Atlanta television long enough and you're bound to see a young congressional candidate pledging to cut "wasteful spending" and make "both parties in Washington" be "accountable to you."

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Yet follow Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District and you'll see the 30-year-old Democrat joining fellow millennials for happy hour, convening a group of women's health advocates and hosting specific minority groups across Atlanta's northern suburbs.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff has declined to participate in an Atlanta Press Club debate with his Republican opponent in the 6th Congressional District, Karen Handel, that CNN had proposed to broadcast.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ossoff declined Sunday to participate in what would have been a nationally televised debate.

In a statement sent to CNN, Ossoff spokeswoman Amy Messner says the campaign only committed to debates moderated by "the metro Atlanta press corps."

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Democrat Jon Ossoff wants to be the next congressman from Georgia's 6th District, but he doesn't live within its boundaries, which may be a political liability, even if it’s one many members of Congress overcame to be elected.

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Outside a polling place in Brookhaven, Republicans like  Gary Sams said they were bothered by Ossoff’s address. 

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Sams said. 

Al Such and Kaitlin Kolarik / WABE

Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel confirmed today she’s willing to participate in four live debates throughout June. Her Democratic rival, Jon Ossoff, had previously challenged Handel to face him in six debates. Not all those debates overlap. In total, both candidates have agreed to only two debates against the other.

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The events confirmed by both campaigns are a June 6 debate hosted by WSB-TV and a June 8 debate hosted by WABE/PBA30.

Montana's Greg Gianforte Fundraises For Karen Handel

May 30, 2017
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Greg Gianforte, a Montana congressman-elect, is trying to raise money for Georgia's 6th District congressional candidate Karen Handel. 

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Gianforte won Montana's lone congressional seat last Thursday. Last Wednesday, police charged him with assault. The allegations are that he body-slammed Ben Jacobs, a politics reporter for The Guardian newspaper, threw him to the ground and broke his glasses.

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Asian-Americans, including many who say they’ve been ignored for years by politicians in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, could decide the competitive special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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"It's historic what's happening,” said Long Tran of Dunwoody.

Tran helped organize a rally for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff at the Blackstone subdivision in Johns Creek, where residents estimate about two-thirds of the neighborhood is Indian-American.

Residents of Metro Atlanta voted for officials and SPLOST measures during the March 21st special election.
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Election officials say early voting begins Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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The competitive special election pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel. The district includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Voters can check their registration status, find the correct voting location and request an absentee ballot through the Secretary of State's website.

Jon Ossoff Meets Millennials And Emphasizes Young People Voting

May 25, 2017
Andrea Ferrard / courtesy of Vox Atlanta

Without even realizing it, we are constantly projecting our opinion into the world whenever we click on the “like” button on Facebook or comment on an Instagram post. We have become professionals at typing our views of the world and sharing them with others on different social media outlets, but there is one aspect of inciting change in which young people’s participation is lacking: voting.

Voter Registration Numbers Surge In 6th District

May 22, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

More than 5,000 people have registered to vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the last 19 days.

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Earlier this month, on May 4, a federal judge order the state to reopen voter registration for the runoff between Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. It has become one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country. Registration for the June 20 runoff closed Sunday, May 21. 

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A new ad in the Georgia 6th Congressional District runoff campaign is tackling thorny issues around women's health care. In it, Democratic candidate John Ossoff attacks Republican Karen Handel on her controversial time as the head of a prominent breast cancer nonprofit.

 

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Voters in some suburban Atlanta communities are choosing their next state senator.

 

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Democrat Christine Triebsch and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick are on today's ballot in the 32nd state Senate district. The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

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