ROSWELL, Ga. — Republican Karen Handel cast her vote in Tuesday’s high stakes Georgia special election runoff and took aim at her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, for living outside of the district.
Republicans have repeatedly attacked Ossoff's residency in the hotly contested race. The Georgia Democrat lives a few miles outside the district but says he’ll move back there once his fiancée finishes medical school.
“He wishes he could vote like me, because he doesn’t live in the district,” Handel said as she walked into a polling place.
“I’ve lived here for nearly 25 years and I think that’s going to make a big difference to the voters in this district,” she said after she cast her ballot.
When Handel exited the car, dozens of Ossoff volunteers by the side of the road loudly cheered “flip the 6th” and “this is what democracy looks like.”
Handel briefly chatted with reporters afterward and as she spoke, Ossoff supporters continued cheering in the background. Some voters shouted back at them, with one person yelling back “get a job.”
“This race is about the people of the 6th District,” Handel told reporters Tuesday morning. “I’ve said that from day one in this race and I will say it today: It’s about who is best suited to represent this district.”
Ossoff and Handel are deadlocked in a race for the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Democrats are hoping to flip a GOP stronghold and make the race an early referendum on President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.