Georgia special election: What to know about Karen Handel

Businesswoman Karen Handel was the first elected Republican to serve as Georgia’s secretary of state, and now she’s hoping to keep the state’s 6th congressional district red.

Handel is battling Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special House election on Tuesday to take over the seat vacated when Tom Price was appointed Health and Human Services Secretary.

Keeping the 6th

Handel, 55, is fighting a close race against Ossoff in order to keep Georgia’s 6th district in the hands of the GOP. The seat has been held by Republicans since Newt Gingrich won it in 1978 — but multiple polls have shown Ossoff with a narrow lead. 

Handel is running as an anti-abortion candidate who wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare and strengthen the country’s borders, according to her campaign website.

The special election is seen in part as a testament to President Donald Trump’s influence. Trump has attacked Handel’s opponent often on Twitter. He also attended a fundraiser on Handel’s behalf in April.

“You’d better win,” Trump reportedly told her at a closed-door event in April. 


But Trump is notably…

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