Chelsea Handler: ‘Let’s send a message’ in Georgia special election
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Comedian Chelsea Handler on Monday urged voters in Georgia to back Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff and turn the state's 6th Congressional District blue.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Democrats are casting Tuesday's vote as a referendum on President Trump and his administration's policies. Ossoff has regularly invoked Trump in his campaign ads and fundraising pitches.

Price, a Republican, won his seat in 2016 in the conservative district by more than 20 points.

Handler is one of more than a dozen celebrities that have donated to Ossoff’s campaign, with the comic giving the maximum $2,700.


Ossoff has a record $8.3 million from nearly 200,000 donors, with 95 percent of his contributors from out of state.

Republicans have responded by criticizing Ossoff’s national security credentials and framing him as someone who will fall in line with Democratic leadership in Washington, D.C.

Trump earlier Monday weighed in on the high-profile race.

“The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia congressional race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” he tweeted.

Ossoff fired back, calling Trump “misinformed” about the issues that matter to Georgia voters.

“I’m focused on bringing fresh leadership, accountability and bipartisan problem solving to Washington to cut wasteful spending and grow metro Atlanta’s economy into the Silicon Valley of the South,” he said in a statement.

Georgia is holding an all-party special election in which any candidate can win the seat outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

If no candidate reaches that threshold, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers in June.

Ossoff is the clear Democratic favorite in Georgia, with many experts predicting his best shot of winning is on Tuesday, if voters struggle to coalesce around one of the Republicans in the crowded field.