A lot came together to help McBath score big win for Georgia Democrats

By Tamar Hallerman – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Look at the raw numbers from Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District race and you’ll see that U.S. Rep. Karen Handel actually built on the support she received in last year’s special election against Jon Ossoff.

Twenty-one thousand more voters in north DeKalb, Fulton and eastern Cobb counties supported the Roswell Republican in the midterms than 17 months ago, when the district played host to the most expensive U.S. House race of all time.

But unlike the June 2017 special election, in which Handel bested Ossoff by 4 percentage points, the former Georgia secretary of state came up several thousand votes short against her Democratic opponent. Handel conceded to Lucy McBath, a first-time candidate, on Thursday morning.

The 6th District race was Georgia’s most high-profile upset in a year that drew near presidential-level turnout. Until a few weeks ago — and even leading into election night — many political handicappers did not list Handel among the lawmakers most in danger of losing their seats.

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