Georgia governor praises Handel in US House race

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Most everything comes around eventually in politics.

At least that’s true for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and his 2010 primary rival Karen Handel.

There was no love lost between them seven years ago in a bitter GOP runoff, but any vestige of that is gone ahead of Handel’s tight battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat.

Deal is praising Handel at an election-eve campaign rally, saying the former Georgia secretary of state’s experience should be the difference in the race.

Deal also says the Republican Party is “hungry” for more “qualified women” to carry the party’s banner.


5 p.m.

President Donald Trump is knocking Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff for not living in the 6th District where he’s running.

The president is tweeting about Ossoff and his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, a day ahead of their matchup that is billed as a preview of the 2018 midterms.

Trump tweets that Ossoff “can’t even vote … because he doesn’t even live there!” Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district.

The president initially misspelled Handel’s name, but deleted that tweet.

Trump adds that Ossoff wants to “raise taxes and kill healthcare.” Ossoff has not taken those positions. He says he’s willing to change the 2010 health care law as long as consumer protections and expanded coverage are maintained. Ossoff says any tax changes should be “fiscally responsible.”


4:50 p.m.

Georgia 6th Congressional District hopeful Jon Ossoff is getting help from a fellow Democrat who also tried to pull an upset in Republican territory.

Missouri’s Jason Kander had perhaps the most notable campaign ad of 2016 during his failed bid for the U.S. Senate. The former Army intelligence officer assembled an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle while blindfolded to mock Republican attacks that he was weak on the Second Amendment.

He was in Atlanta’s…

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