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Ga.’s congressional Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:31 am Apr. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s House Republicans are looking to project a united front in order to keep the 6th District seat of their onetime colleague, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in GOP hands.

All nine Georgia GOP congressmen say they’re supporting former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the lead-up to the June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

In a joint statement, the group said Handel has a “track record of serving

Outside groups plan to pour even more resources into Georgia’s 6th District

7:00 am Apr. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — Many of the outside groups that collectively poured nearly $8 million into the first round of Georgia’s 6th District special election said they plan to ramp up their operations now that the contest is stretching into nine weeks of overtime.

In other words, 6th District residents seeking a respite from the non-stop political ads are unlikely to find it over the next 60 days as groups outside of the two

Dems project confidence about keeping fire alive in Ga.’s 6th District

11:00 am Apr. 19, 2017

Democrats couldn’t avoid a runoff in Georgia’s 6th District special election Tuesday evening, but they came remarkably close for a congressional seat that tends to favor Republicans. Now the most important question becomes whether the party can harness the anti-Trump fervor that propelled Jon Ossoff to the top of the polls into an upset victory on June 20, when it faces a Republican political machine that’s uniting behind Karen Handel.

Democrats sought to project confidence in a

Donald Trump could change what it means to be a Sixth District conservative

9:39 am Apr. 10, 2017

So far, the storyline of the Sixth District congressional race has focused on Jon Ossoff, and whether the young first-time candidate can consolidate his Democratic vote, tap the anti-Trump angst of  GOP women and independents, and win the north metro Atlanta contest outright on April 18.

But there’s a subplot that hasn’t been fully explored, in part because it’s still taking shape. And that is how a President Donald Trump has

Rolling updates: Special election candidates rake in the dough in Georgia’s 6th District

3:32 pm Apr. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – This month’s wide-open race to replace Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district has become one of the most closely-watched in the nation, with outside groups pouring millions into advertising and on-the-ground efforts as the White House looks on.

Now the seat’s 18 contenders are beginning to give us a peek into how well they’ve been able to leverage their support into dollars, all too critical for Atlanta’s expensive media

Nearly 200k donors help Jon Ossoff net record fundraising haul in Georgia special election

8:30 pm Apr. 5, 2017

Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised more than $8.3 million for his campaign to represent suburban Atlanta in Congress, the most significant sign yet that the political newcomer has become a national symbol of the resistance to President Donald Trump.

Ossoff’s financial disclosure, to be released Thursday, shows he has $2.1 million on hand for the final stretch of the campaign. His contributions came from across the nation, including more than $1

Steve Bannon closely following 6th District race, report says

4:49 pm Apr. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — We’ve written pretty much non-stop about how Georgia’s 6th District congressional race has become a nationalized free-for-all, complete with appearances from Han Solo, elephants donning pearls and the lady from the 1990s television hit “Charmed.”

But this nugget from the newest issue of New York magazine shows just how closely-watched this contest truly is:

And so Republicans are watching, including rather powerful ones. “Ossoff running smart campaign,”