Most-expensive congressional campaign in history comes to a head in Georgia

Final pitches made in nationally watched Georgia House race

Final pitches made in nationally watched Georgia House race

epa06021377 Republican Karen Handel, a candidate for Georgia Congressional District 6 participates in a Get Out The Vote Rally at a restaurant in Marietta, Georgia on June 10 2017.

Ms Handel, 55, spent Monday campaigning across the district, and received support from a Trump tweet on Tuesday.

With Democrats potentially striking the first blow against Trump in 2017, the race has drawn substantial national attention - and vast outside contributions.

The Democrats are looking to capitalise on the president's low personal approval ratings to win Georgia's sixth district seat.

However, Ryan said he did not want to get into what it could mean for Republicans if Handel loses to Ossoff. In the primary in April, 193,981 ballots were cast in total and in the general election, 326,005 total votes were cast in Georgia's Sixth.

"Very, very encouraged by things".

Either Republican Karen Handel will claim a seat that's been in her party's hands since 1979 or Democrat Jon Ossoff will manage an upset that will rattle Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The polls are open now and close at 7 pm ET. State officials, though, say they're confident the technology is secure. But as an increasingly well-educated, diverse suburban district it is exactly the kind of territory which Democrats need to win if they want to gain the 24 seats necessary to reclaim the House in 2018. But polling remains tight and the administration has thrown its full support behind Handel, including a fundraiser with Vice President Pence and a tweet from the president urging people to "vote now for Karen H". "This is exactly what Americans are sick and exhausted of", Mr. Ossoff said on CNN. "I would feel my voice is heard".

Ossoff, a democrat, is a 30 year old former Congressional aid and documentary filmmaker.

Yet Ossoff barely mentions the president, talking instead in generalities about "restoring civility" and the importance of Congress as an oversight body. She anxious that he did not live in the district and might be out of touch with residents.

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Earlier this year, after Tom Price vacated his seat in Georgia's sixth district to join the Trump administration as the new Health and Human Services Secretary, Ossoff made a decision to join the race.

Giving the campaign additional hope in a district that hasn't elected a Democrat in almost three decades is that Trump squeaked by Clinton in the district by about 1 percentage point, although Price was easily re-elected.

Handel has handled Trump gingerly. Ossoff has also run campaign ads specifically addressing Handel's purported role in the Planned Parenthood defunding.

But that hasn't stopped Trump from weighing in on the race.

That has not stopped Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling Ossoff "weak on crime and security" and telling voters that Handel is "a hard worker who will never give up!"

Ossoff lives just south of the suburban district, his address is close to Emory University where his fiancee attends medical school. He emphasises that it is mostly from individual donors.

The suspected gunman was a Democratic supporter and a Republican advert that sought to politicise the attack was condemned by Ms Handel. "There is too much at stake", Handel said.

The outcome of the re-election will be a verdict on President Donald Trump.

Mr Ossoff raised more than 23 million United States dollars, most from outside Georgia.