In Georgia House Race, Parties Battle for New Swing Voters


By Janet Hook and Cameron McWhirter, The Wall Street Journal
 

CHAMBLEE, Ga.—This Tuesday’s U.S. House special election in Georgia has turned into a defining clash between the two political parties, with both sides targeting a new cadre of potential swing voters: Republicans uneasy with the rise of President Donald Trump.

In the final days before the election, Democrat Jon Ossoff is offering a middle-of-the-road message that sets a different tone from his campaign’s inaugural promise to “make Trump furious.”

GOP leaders, fearing an upset in this suburban Atlanta district the party has held for decades, are making an urgent appeal to Republicans to support GOP candidate Karen Handel, even if they have their doubts about the president.

“I know some of you out there, some Republicans, may even be turned off by our president,” said Sonny Perdue, Mr. Trump’s agriculture secretary, at a sweltering get-out-the-vote rally for Ms. Handel on Saturday in an airplane hangar here. “This is a race for the heart and soul for America.”

The candidates and outside groups have poured a record $60 million into this district north of Atlanta, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by Issue One, a bipartisan campaign finance group.



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