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Handel racks up endorsements, Ossoff calls for debates in District 6 race

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The Ossoff campaign has challenged Handel to engage in six debates before Election Day. The Ossoff campaign has challenged Handel to engage in six debates before Election Day.
The Handel campaign is focusing more on securing voters by announcing major endorsements from politicians, advocacy groups and other organizations. The Handel campaign is focusing more on securing voters by announcing major endorsements from politicians, advocacy groups and other organizations.
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Georgia's 6th district special congressional election to fill Tom Price's vacant House seat, which originally had nearly 20 candidates, has been extended to a runoff for the top two candidates--Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff.

Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff were the most visible candidates in the season leading to April 18th's election--both being the targets of negative political advertising.

The two have since made strides in securing support for the upcoming election on June 20.

The Ossoff campaign has challenged Handel to engage in six debates before Election Day. "I believe that part of bringing fresh leadership and accountability to Washington is to engage with as many voters as possible," Ossoff said. 

The Handel campaign is focusing more on garnering support by announcing major endorsements from politicians, advocacy groups and other organizations. (Senator David Perdue and former U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly have endorsed Handel in the past week).

Their strategies for securing support will be pertinent to their electoral success.

The House member who previously held the position, Tom Price, resigned before his term ended to become a member or President Trump's cabinet as secretary of health and human services.

Trump has been a strategic tool that has benefited both candidates, from serving as a communal source of discontent within Ossoff's "Make Trump Furious Campaign," to the president himself disparaging Ossoff in the form of robotic calls, which were forwarded to the district's residents just before the previous election. (U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia's 4th district has also recently been criticized by a conservative ethics group for attempting to influence the election, by allegedly using his elected office's website to link to articles that favor Ossoff.)

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Election polls, which predicted a runoff between the two at the beginning of the original race, expect this one to be very close.

Both republicans and democrats have spent exorbitant amounts of money to secure the seat. (Democrats have allotted nearly $89 per vote and republicans, nearly $48 per vote.)

Georgia's congressional districts have been redrawn six times in a 21 year span. (Here is a link that shows how U.S. districts have changed since 1789, which was when the first lines were drawn. And here is a link to find your current district.)

The district's current boundaries span about 300 square miles, and it contains portions of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

It represents 12 different cities--some of which are only partially within its boundaries. (The cities are Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Mountain Park, Peachtree Corners, Roswell and Sandy Springs.)

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