Your Daily Jolt: Nathan Deal stumps for Karen Handel

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A campaign van for Jon Ossoff passes by a sandwich shop in Dunwoody last week, minutes after Karen Handel greeted supporters there. Both are candidates in the Sixth District runoff election. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

On the penultimate day of a Sixth District congressional runoff that has seen $50 million spent by both sides, Gov. Nathan Deal will make his first in-person appeal in support of Republican Karen Handel.

Former congressman Tom Price and former Gov. Sonny Perdue turned out Saturday for Handel. Deal endorsed the former secretary of state shortly after the first round of voting on April 18, but has yet to stump for her.

Today’s 6 p.m. Roswell event will also feature first lady Sandra Deal, and the longtime metro Atlanta singing duo, Banks & Shane.

The locale won’t be the exactly same, but the rally harkens back to the 2014 campaign for governor, when a last Deal gathering turned into a wake for a Mack Burgess, a young Deal staffer who died in a car wreck. He was the son of Banks Burgess — the singer mentioned above.

Here’s what we wrote then.


A head-turning quote in today’s Washington Post came from Brad Carver, the lobbyist and chair of Georgia’s 11th GOP District. He was asked about the impact of last week’s ambush of a Republican congressional baseball practice on Tuesday’s Sixth District vote, and he didn’t hold back. From the Post:

“I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver said. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them. We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance. Democrats have never given this president a chance.”

This morning, in a conversation with one of…

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