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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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President Trump is weighing in on the 6th Congressional District race. And that could have mixed results for the Republican candidate.

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In a tweet, the president congratulated Republican Karen Handel for making it into a runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Handel, also on Twitter, thanked the president for calling her this morning.

Officer Jacob Mach stands with Chief Erika Shields at the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday.
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Former Johns Creek City Council member Bob Gray hosted an election night party at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant in Roswell.
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At the end of the night, it’s about keeping the Atlanta suburbs conservative by supporting Republican front-runner Karen Handel in the runoff for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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That was candidate Bob Gray’s message in his concession speech Tuesday night to nearly 200 supporters at Ippolito's Italian restaurant in Roswell.

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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Voters assigned to two Fulton County polling locations will have extra time to vote in the special 6th Congressional District election due to the locations not opening at 7 a.m.

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Eligible voters whose designated polling locations are Centennial High School or Johns Creek Environmental Campus will have extra time to vote, a statement from Fulton County said. Centennial High School will close at 7:35 p.m. and Johns Creek Environmental Campus will close at 7:55 p.m. 

Special Election: Why Should Teens Get Politically Involved?

Apr 18, 2017
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Today’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is getting national attention. Here, one teen speaks out about why he got involved, even though he can’t yet vote. 

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After months of listening to ads, robocalls, and door-to-door campaign volunteers, voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District finally get to have their say.

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Republicans are pushing to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Clive, Iowa.
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President Donald Trump attacked Democrat Jon Ossoff in a series of tweets Tuesday, including one where the president pointed out that Ossoff doesn't live in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Early voting in the Georgia 6th Congressional District special election ends on Friday in a race that figures to continue generating national attention into the summer.

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Republicans escaped a special House election in Kansas with a single-digit victory in a district where they have romped in the past, an early warning sign for the GOP at the start of Donald Trump's presidency.

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The narrow win in Kansas, where CIA Director Mike Pompeo prevailed by 31 percentage points last fall, emboldened Democrats ahead of a more competitive special congressional election in Georgia next week that could serve as a test of their ability to marshal anti-Trump forces.

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National money, attention, and political staffers have been flowing into Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for weeks. Recently released financial documents show money from outside the state is dominating the special election to replace Republican former Rep. Tom Price, the newly appointed secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to members of the group, Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb.
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Republicans have called into question Democrat Jon Ossoff's work for news outlet Al Jazeera.

In attack ads from the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC and Bob Gray, a Republican running against Ossof in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, the democrat's trustworthiness is questioned in connection with documentary work done for the Al Jazeera TV Network by a company he runs.

The same tack was taken in a recent mailer which made its way onto social media.

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The Republican’s failure to repeal The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is shaking up the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. For a generation, Republicans have controlled the district, including Alpharetta, Roswell and East Cobb, but Democrats think they have a chance to take it back. It was vacated by Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At a debate in a Marietta Country Club, some of the 11 Republican candidates running were divided on what Congress and Trump should do next about health care.

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As U.S. House Republican leaders scrambled to win enough votes to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), Georgia's Republican officeholders were still trying to find out how the plan would affect the state – especially its Medicaid program.  

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Residents of Metro Atlanta voted for officials and SPLOST measures during the March 21st special election.
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Jason Lary has won the mayoral election for the new city of Stonecrest, but South Fulton’s race is headed into a runoff this year, following Tuesday’s election.

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In South Fulton, William B. Edwards will face off against Benny Crane in the April 18 runoff, as no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.

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Monday is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote in the April 18 special election.

The biggest race of that day is the contest for the 6th District Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, now the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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While turnout in special elections as a rule isn't especially strong, this could be an exception.