The Georgia election for the 6th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives is being seen as a bellwether for the midterm election, and for whether President Donald Trump's time in the Oval Office has been a success so far.
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Georgia's 6th District:
Karen Handel, the Republican candidate, has a long history in politics, including running for other elected positions. Jon Ossoff, by contrast, has never run in an election before.
In a funny moment from their televised debate, Handel stunned Ossoff into momentary silence when she pointedly asked, "So Jon, I guess what I would like to know is, exactly who are you going to vote for in this election?”
He had a problem answering because he does not yet live in the district he's running for, but said he would be moving there soon.
Not only is the media intensely focused on this election, but so are campaign donors — it's become the most expensive House race in history.
The special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Tom Price who left to join Trump's administration as the secretary of Health and Human Services.
South Carolina's 5th District:
Also Tuesday is the race for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District in a special election between Democrat Archie Parnell and Republican Ralph Norman. While Norman is widely expected to win the race, it could provide some indicator as to how Democrats will perform in the midterms depending on how wide or thin the margin of victory is for the Republican.
The race is to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who is now the director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump administration.