When President Donald Trump selected Rep. Tom Rice (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, it left his seat in the House open. Democrat Jon Ossoff fought hard to win that seat for the Democrats, in the most expensive House race in Georgia history, but when the votes were counted, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, the Republican, came out the victor. Republicans have held that seat since 1979.
Republican Karen Handel defeated a well-funded opponent in a special election for a U.S. House seat in Georgia, a setback for Democrats who hoped President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings would help them win congressional races.
Handel, 55, won in a suburban Atlanta district held by the GOP since 1979 despite raising far less money than Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, in the most expensive House race in U.S. history. Handel will fill a seat vacated by Tom Price, who was appointed by Trump as Health and Human Services secretary.
Handel was winning 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times.
Not only has that seat on Congress been held by a Republican for the past 38-years, but Handel actually lived in the district, Ossoff did not, which was one of the issues brought to the attention of voters. Since the election of Trump, Democrats have tried to win sets in Congress held by Republicans in special elections throughout the nation, but so far, they have spent many millions of dollars and failed.