Republican Handel Beats Ossoff in Georgia Special Election

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Supporters of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff wave at cars passing by St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Atlanta on June 20, 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democratic challenger John Ossoff on Tuesday in a special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. About $55 million was spent in the race, the most ever for an election for the House of Representatives. The race drew wide national interest -- Osoff raised more money from California then from his own state of Georgia. Republicans have held the seat for nearly 40 years, but Democrats had hoped anti-Trump sentiment would flip the district blue and serve as a harbinger for mid-term elections.

Jessica Taylor,
political reporter, NPR

Johnny Kauffman, reporter, WABE in Atlanta