In Georgia, a cacophony of arguments could tilt House race

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Voters in Georgia will decide on Tuesday whether Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel will fill a congressional seat for suburban Atlanta, a race that has turned into the most closely watched contest since the presidential election.

The Democratic hopeful, Jon Ossoff, might seem an unlikely challenger.

Price resigned Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat in February to join President Donald Trump's administration. Ultimately, more than 192,000 people voted in the primary - close to the 210,000 who participated in the 2014 midterm election in the district.

What is shaping up as the most expensive House race in US history is down to its final days in Georgia.

Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary-film producer and former congressional aide, is up against 55-year-old Republican Karen Handel, Georgia's former secretary of state. Ossoff has marshaled more than 12,000 volunteers who have relentlessly contacted voters across the territory; Handel has had a string of big-name Republicans, starting with Trump, help her rally conservatives to her side.

"The leftists have gone and typecast, and they've picked this young man - charismatic, articulate - and they've taught him a few Republican buzzwords", Perdue told Handel supporters. "They think he can fool you".

Democrat Jon Ossoff campaigns at a restaurant in Alpharetta, Ga., Friday, June 16, 2017, ahead of a runoff election to replace former Rep. Tom Price. "It's not gonna happen".

Ossoff and Handel insist their matchup - recognized as the most expensive House race in USA history because of money from outside the district - is not about or the dynamics on Capitol Hill. Trump only bested Hillary Clinton by 1.5 percentage points - a result that fed into Democrats' belief that while Trump had made gains in predominantly white rural and exurban areas, the more highly educated, wealthy, diverse suburbs held more Romney-Clinton voters and presented the party with an opportunity to make gains.

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