A spate of retirements from nervous incumbents who lack the stomach for a bitter re-election battle could be avoidable: A Handel victory could show anxious party members - particularly those in suburban districts that Democrats are targeting - that they can still rely on a strategy of turning out their base in Republican-leaning districts, even if Trump is unpopular there.
Five people were injured last week when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice.
It emerged that Mr Hodgkinson, who died of his injuries following a gunfight with police, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and promoted anti-Republican rhetoric on social media. And if Karen Handel is in danger, it's because a number of moderate Republicans, especially women who have tended to vote Republican, aren't thrilled with the way things are going, and they want to send a message. "Because moderates and independents in this district are exhausted of left-wing extremism".
Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is interviewed by news organizations as he campaigns for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Chamblee.
If November was the height of political winter for Democrats, the party faithful have been desperately searching ever since for the first signs of spring.
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Ending the ad with an ominous tag line of "don't let them win", it's clear that the GOP is no longer interested in even discussing what their party has to offer - they are relying on base partisanship at its lowest level.
The most recent polls show the race - seen as a key indicator for next year's mid-term elections - virtually deadlocked as both candidates sprinted to the finish. Also on Tuesday is a race in SC, which Republicans are expected to win handily, for a replacement for Republican Mick Mulvaney, now Trump's budget director.
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Ossoff became a fundraising phenomenon because he represented progressives' best chance of swiping a House seat from Republicans early in the Trump presidency.
The AJC reports that more than $50 million has been spent on the race, "already the most expensive election of its kind", and a massive chunk of that has been funneled into advertising. Tens of millions of dollars have fueled the fierce special election campaigns, making this the priciest congressional run in history. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance.
Ossoff, who said he has also received threats, condemned the shooting and called for unity.
"When will it stop? It won't if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday".