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6th congressional district runoff

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

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In one early Tuesday tweet, Trump criticizes Democrat Jon Ossoff, saying he'll raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district."

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The millennial generation (those of us born after 1980) have grown up with the wonders (and horrors) of the internet only a few clicks away. 

Though parents and teachers are quick to caution against creating a negative online presence after the onset of the internet age, only in the past few years have we begun to truly see what kind of an effect the internet can have on our future prospects.

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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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As the U.S. Senate works on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District are paying attention.

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The issue of health care has loomed over the race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who face each other in a runoff on Tuesday. First, the reason there is a special election in the 6th District is because former Congressman Tom Price resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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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.

Suspicious Package Sent To Handel’s Roswell Home, Neighbors

Jun 15, 2017
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Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election, said on Thursday that a package containing threatening letters and a suspicious substance were sent to her home and to her neighbors.

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Handel said in a statement that her street in Roswell was being blocked off while law enforcement investigates.

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Vice President Mike Pence says suburban Atlanta Republicans must elect Karen Handel to Congress to help President Donald Trump or risk a loss that could help hand House control back to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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"I don't see this race so much as a choice between Karen Handel and her opponent," Pence told a gathering of Republican donors who paid $1,500 per person to hear his pitch.

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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No doldrums early this summer in Georgia politics!  With early voting already underway, and election day looming on June 20, the two candidates in the 6th Congressional District runoff are preparing for the next phase: at least two key debates.  

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(One of those debates will be on June 8 on WABE & PBA-30).  Meanwhile, the state's Republican party prepares to elect its next chairman at a weekend convention in Augusta.

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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The national Democratic Party wants reinforcements for the closely watched 6th Congressional District election, helping pay for 10 new field workers to reach more minority voters in the traditionally conservative Atlanta suburbs.

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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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The last time Harriet Zoller volunteered for a political campaign, she was too young to vote for the Massachusetts Democrat running for president.

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"I was a Kennedy girl," she says, smiling back to 1960.

Veronica Savoy's previous campaign experience was volunteering multiple times for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

"I'm not a political party person," she explains.

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Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday implored Georgia voters to vote Republican in next month's special election, linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the California liberal who leads the rival party in the House.

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"The left and Nancy Pelosi ... are trying to hit you with an avalanche of television," Ryan said, to drum up support "for a guy who does not share your values."

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia officials to reopen voter registration in a suburban Atlanta congressional district ahead of a runoff in a heated special election.

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U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, ruled in favor of civil rights advocacy groups who argued that Georgia violated federal law by preventing more new voter registrations before the June 20 runoff.

 

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The husband of Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District runoff, sent out and later deleted a racially charged social media message on Tuesday.

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Tasnim Shamma / WABE

DeKalb’s top elections official said there’s “no doubt” the county’s board of elections will call for an additional early voting location ahead of the closely watched special election in the 6th Congressional District set for June 20. 

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