Georgia GOP district chairman: Shooting will win us the special election
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The Republican Party chairman in Georgia's 11th Congressional District said that the shooting at a congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C., will result in a GOP win in the state's special House election, The Washington Post reported.

Brad Carver, the GOP chairman, said the shooting will drive moderates and independents to vote for Republican Karen Handel, the Post reported.

“I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver told the Post Saturday. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them.”


“We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does,” Carver continued. “Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance. Democrats have never given this president a chance.”

Some members have used last week’s shooting, which left five injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), as an example of left-wing violence toward conservatives.

The shooter, a former Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) campaign volunteer, reportedly had a list of Republican lawmakers he wanted to target during the attack.

A Georgia campaign ad is tying Democrat Jon Ossoff to the shooting, saying that Ossoff’s election would continue violence from the left. Both campaigns have spoken out against the ad.

Ossoff is leading Handel by nearly 2 points in the latest poll in Tuesday's election for the open 6th District seat, which is expected to be the most expensive House election in U.S. history.