- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2017

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is in Georgia Monday for a campaign event with Republican candidate Karen Handel.

Mr. Ryan is set to appear with Ms. Handel at a brewery to rally Republicans heading into the June 20 runoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District as it is still expected to be very close heading into the final month.

The race has reached historic fundraising numbers as Democrats are trying desperately to flip the historically Republican district with young, progressive candidate Jon Ossoff. It has become the most expensive House-level race in American history with an estimate just shy of $30 million spent on advertising.

Mr. Ossoff has received a tremendous amount of support not only from the Democratic Party, but from outside groups and celebrities as the race becomes more about a referendum on President Trump and his policies. Mr. Ossoff had a strong performance in the April 18 election, yet still fell just short of the required 50 percent threshold needed to be the outright winner.

Mr. Trump’s underwhelming performance here last November has given Democrats hope that they can flip this district.

The congressional seat was vacated when Mr. Trump picked then-Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.



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