"I was yelling at the TV and throwing things at the TV," recalls the 55-year-old mother of three. Then she found her cause in 30-year-old Democrat
With a potential price tag exceeding
"My values are being threatened," Becker said, mentioning health care access, abortion rights and voting rights, "and now we have something we can do."
"This is about who will support
For McCleary, 58, it's less about Trump. The
"He's a phony. I think he's been coached up," says McCleary, arguing Handel would cast reliably conservative votes.
Those are some of the rationales that could ultimately settle what both campaigns agree will be a close race, despite
Ossoff, who led April's first round but fell shy of outright victory, gamely insisted that "this is about the folks right here in
Handel, 55, said it's about choosing her record as
"My opponent likes to talk about it," she says. "I've done it."
But the national attention — and all the money — tells another story. And the attention is all the more intense given
Ossoff's television ads mostly frame him as a centrist who criticizes both parties in
But he's financed that message with a fundraising haul from outside the district, and his donor list contains far more addresses from
For Handel, Ossoff's "values are 3,000 miles away in
Dspite their emphasis on local matters, the candidates have generally aligned with their national parties on policy. She says she'd have voted for the
The two campaigns expect turnout to blow past the 2014 midterm election turnout of 210,000. More than 140,000 people cast ballots in the early voting period that ended Friday, compared with a total primary turnout of about 192,000.
The reality, says Ossoff backer Dodoo Saakwa-Mante, is that no one knows who'll win or what it actually means for
"I think he can win," the
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