Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump tweets about Democrats, Georgia election

Trump tweets about Democrats, Georgia election

Bernie Sanders' liberal wing of the party concerned that the Democratic establishment is recruiting and running too many moderates - and the establishment anxious that Sanders' insurgency could view a loss as proof the party needs to embrace a much more aggressive, populist, Sanders-like message.

Issue One estimates that almost half of the money dumped into the race has been controlled by outsider groups, such as the political action committee behind an attack ad tying Ossoff and Democrats to the Alexandria shooting that left a Republican congressman in critical condition.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2017.because he doesn't even live there!

A spokeswoman for Handel condemned the ad, saying it was "disturbing and disgusting", according to a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The June 20 runoff quickly became the most expensive US House race in history, with the campaigns, political action committees and other outside groups raising almost $60 million, according to government reform and ethics group Issue One.

Ossoff is seeking support from moderate voters with ads focused on the economy and national spending, while Handel is focusing on her experience as Georgia secretary of state. Ossoff almost won, however, with 48.6 percent in the April election.

Yet Ossoff barely mentions the president, talking instead in generalities about "restoring civility" and the importance of Congress as an oversight body. Over the weekend, Price and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Georgia's former governor, appeared with Handel at a rally.

Handel, 55, embraces her experience as a statewide and local elected official.

But he's financed that message with a fundraising haul from outside the district, and his donor list contains far more addresses from California, New York and MA than from Georgia.

The former Komen for the Cure senior vice president who nearly single-handedly destroyed the breast cancer non-profit when she tried to remove the organization's funding of Planned Parenthood, then offered up a fib.

The only reason Democrats have even an inkling it could be competitive is that Trump collapsed here, besting Hillary Clinton by just 1.5 points last fall. 'Because moderates and independents in this district are exhausted of left-wing extremism'.

Handel has handled Trump gingerly. And she jabbed at her opponent's massive fundraising haul.

"He won the state and this district", the Georgia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. He emphasizes it's mostly from individual donors.

Because the Democrat didn't get to 50 percent in April, however, he now has to face Handel on Tuesday in a run-off. The majority of the funds are being spent of television ads, though millions are also being going to ground game efforts.

Democrats are counting on an Ossoff victory to send a message to Trump, to Washington and the national electorate at large. Democrats are hoping that a win for Ossoff in the traditionally Republican 6th Congressional District could signal troubles for the GOP in 2018 races. That forced him into a June 20 runoff with Handel, the top Republican vote-getter.

For Republicans, it's about defense, with a healthy dose of fear.

So far, Democratic candidates have lost in Kansas, Montana and the April 18 Georgia special election. And the attention is all the more intense given Republicans held on to House seats in Montana and Kansas earlier this spring and are expected to hold a SC seat on Tuesday. "Trump's handling of the shooting might bring home enough traditional Republican voters uneasy with the president to carry Handel across the finish line", Robert Cahaly, a Republican pollster based in Georgia told Politico.

You'd think by now people would learn not to use shootings as a means for political gain, but Republican official Brad Carver seemingly hasn't learned this lesson yet.

An attack ad running in the election also tried to link Ossoff to the shooting. "Rep. Scalise is fighting for his life".

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