Karen Handel feels the pressure as Democrats aim to take seat controlled by Republicans for 38 years

Karen Handel – fighting to hold onto a seat the Republicans have occupied four decades – received a message of support on the eve of polling in a pair of tweets from Donald Trump.

“Karen Handel’s opponent in #GA06 can’t even vote in the district he wants to represent,” wrote Mr Trump, in tweets in which he initially misspelled Ms Handel’s name. “…because he doesn’t even live there! He wants to raise taxes and kill healthcare. On Tuesday, #VoteKarenHandel.”

Ms Handel, 55, a former state official, could probably use all the help she can get as she seeks to win the battle for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. After weeks of hard campaigning, the race against her Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, has come down to the wire.

A poll published by a local television network, WSB, put Mr Ossoff on 49 points and Ms Handel on 48.9. It said a mere 2.1 per cent of people were undecided, and said it contained a margin of error of 4.4 per cent.

Ms Handel, a social conservative who previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state, has been stressing her local roots and saying she has the better experience to deliver on local issues.

She and outside groups supporting her campaign have instead tried to link Mr Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and money that has flooded into his campaign from out of the state. The race – made necessary when incumbent congressman Tom Price joined Mr Trump’s cabinet – will be the costliest special election in US history and estimates suggest more than $50m will have been spent.

“The strategy for this campaign has always been about who is best and the right fit for people of this district,” Ms Handel told the Associated Press. “The people of this district are not from a views and a values standpoint aligned with Nancy Pelosi.”

Ms Handel finished her campaign with an…

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