Republican Karen Handel avoids upset in key congressional election in Georgia

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff greets supporters after the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election to replace Tom Price, who is now the secretary of Health and Human Services, in Marietta, Georgia, U.S. April 3, 2017.The double Republican victory on Tuesday means that Republican candidates have won all four special elections held this year to fill seats vacated by Republican congressmen who have joined the Trump administration. Democrats hoped for a win to show signs of broader national discontent with President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, but they came up short again.Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent 30 million dollars (£23 million) trying to flip.A sticker decorates the shirt of Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th congressional district as she talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. The victor would replace Tom Price, who was chosen by President Trump as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.Republican Karen Handel defeated Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday.View the results of the race below.One controversial ad appeared to link Mr Ossoff with last week’s shooting that left Republican congressman Steve Scalise wounded.Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the district since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker. But Ossoff still received $10 million more in support than Handel.On the eve of election day, a final poll suggested the race between Mr Ossoff and Ms Handel was too close to call.”We already have so much to celebrate”, his fiancee told supporters, as the DJ cued “I Will Survive”.But it could give Republicans a boost in confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year’s presidential election.Norman led Parnell by 51 percent to 48 percent – a margin of just over 2,700 votes, Fox News reported.Handel celebrated the early numbers with her supporters at an area hotel, saying she improved on her April primary performance. The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference.”He’s going to be her vote in the House”, Handel said.