Scalise shooting fodder for attack ad in House race in Georgia

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

"Democrats saw an opportunity, so they went all in", said Randy Evans, a Republican National Committeeman from Georgia. He added, "Vote now for Karen H".

But now, the race between former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff - the election is on Tuesday - is gaining attention for getting downright ugly.

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - The most expensive House race in USA history heads to voters Tuesday in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

The candidates, the national party committees and outside interest groups have all poured money into the race, leaving even one of the pros involved in the effort stunned.

Voters will choose either Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff to present metro Atlanta's 6th district in Congress.

The ad opens with footage of Scalise on a stretcher overlaid with the sound of rapid fire gunshots.

Handel has condemned the ad but "stopped short of asking for the ad to be removed", as Ossoff demanded. Ossoff has raised at least $23 million. Most polls show the race within the margin of error.

A proxy war between the Sanders faction and more Clinton-esque Democrats played out in Virginia's gubernatorial primary race this week.

Trump only won the district by 1.5 points.

Ossoff, who once described his bid to take the GOP-controlled district as an opportunity to "make Trump furious", has since dialed back.

- a 150 percent increase from April's vote - the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. She says she'd have voted for the House GOP health care bill; he says he'd have opposed it.

Handel drew enormous outrage last week when she told a conservative mom that her "faith" wouldn't allow her to support the woman's LGBT daughter, insisting that she shouldn't even be allowed to adopt children or raise a family.

'The man is fighting for his life, ' Ossoff said, according to the Washington Examiner. Handel supports Trump's decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

"It's about where we would've expected".

But changing demographics in the South and a crowded Republican field led to Ossoff garnering the most votes when the first ballots were cast in this race.

The former congressional staffer turned investigative filmmaker sticks to his practice of not naming President Donald Trump but tells backers "politics does not have to be about fear and hate and deception and division".

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and two members of Trump's cabinet with Georgia ties - Sonny Perdue and Tom Price - have previously campaigned with her. He expressed relief at the time. The response from Republicans would be two-fold: Some may decide not to run again and those who do run may find they need to distance themselves from Trump.

Jill Nolin covers the Georgia Statehouse for CNHI's newspapers and websites.