Republican wins Georgia election, blow to anti-Trump effort

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Republican Karen Handel won a high-stakes, closely watched special congressional election on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), salvaging a seat in traditional conservative Georgia where Democrats had hoped to strike a blow against Donald Trump’s presidency. Handel, an establishment Republican and former state secretary of state, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, multiple US networks projected, denying Democrats their first election victory of the year. Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival in the run up to the vote, and signaled that Republican disillusionment about Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on. The result no doubt comes as relief for Republicans who had grown concerned about whether their party, buffeted by the scandals that have plagued the Republican president, could hold the seat in Georgia’s sixth district that became the most expensive congressional race in US history.

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