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Democrat Ossoff bullish as polls open in Georgia's landmark election

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 00:47

Voters head to the polls in the costliest congressional election in U.S. history on Tuesday as Democrats hoped dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump will help them win a suburban Atlanta seat that has been held by Republicans since the 1970s. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Voters are heading to the polls in the costliest congressional election in U.S. history on Tuesday as Democrats hoped dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump will help them win a suburban Atlanta seat that has been held by Republicans since the 1970s. Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel have both focused on local concerns, but national political groups have spent heavily in the biggest proxy war between the two parties since Trump's upset victory in the 2016 presidential election. This time, Republicans are playing defense. Ossoff, a 30-year-old political newcomer, aims to win a district that has launched the careers of nationally known Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Tom Price, who vacated the seat to serve as Trump's health secretary. Recent polls show a tight race, with Ossoff maintaining a tight lead over Handel, a former secretary of state who has cast Ossoff as a puppet of liberal interests who doesn't even live in the district.

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Democrat Ossoff bullish as polls open in Georgia's landmark election

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 00:47