Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Republicans avoid election upset in Georgia

Republicans avoid election upset in Georgia

Politics is not a game, to be covered like sports.

This has already become the most expensive House race in United States history, as the two candidates have combined to spend over $40 million on the race.

Returns showed Ms Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, winning about 52% of the vote over Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won almost 48% in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Although CNN hadn't called the race for Handel yet, it was clear the Democrats' candidate had lost.

As the results rolled in Tuesday, AshLee Strong, spokeswoman to House Speaker Paul Ryan, mused over Twitter, "Remember when they told us we'd be punished in the special elexs for following through on our promise to #RepealAndReplace #obamacare?"

But it could give Republicans a boost in confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

Since House Republicans narrowly passed a bill to repeal Obamacare in May, Ossoff was increasingly outspoken in his criticism of the legislation.

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel hailed it as a shot in the arm for "Trump's agenda of replacing our broken health care system (and) reforming an outdated tax code", two challenges now playing out in Congress.

"Gone are the days of Blue Dogs who actively campaign as Republicans", said Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Handel pushed back forcefully, pointing out that her sister was born without an esophagus - a pre-existing condition.

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"Democrats Demoralized", said an opinion piece in Wednesday's New York Times: "Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia will test the party's spirit and its strategy", Frank Bruni wrote.

Democrats got their hopes up after overperforming in the Kansas and Montana special elections. They are now 0-4 in post-Trump inauguration special congressional elections.

Democratic voters nationwide, Petkanas said, don't know Ossoff. When Brown decisively won the office long occupied by the late-Democratic Sen. What exactly it is, and whether they can fix it, will be debated in the weeks and months ahead.

Handel, who left an abusive home as a teen, will be the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in Congress.

Former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel on Tuesday defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff, 52 percent to 48 percent. "I think Republicans will continue to recognize that taking away coverage from millions of Americans and raising costs for millions more is a politically unpopular and risky enterprise".

However, Republicans in the House of Representatives did narrowly push through an overhaul of national health care reforms championed by former President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans are promising to reveal their version of the measure on Thursday and then vote on it next week.

I'm not going to lie: I'm not surprised by Tuesday night's result in Georgia's 6 Congressional District election, but I am gutted by it.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer reiterated that sentiment in the briefing room Tuesday.

"I want to be a uniting force in the community", said Handel. "He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals".

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