Karen Handel is the newly elected member of United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
Handel staved off the young enthusiastic Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, in a runoff to become the first Republican woman ever elected by Georgia voters to head to Congress.
The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district seat was the most expensive congressional race in the nations history, topping $50 million in overall spending. Moreover, the race garnered the attention of the entire nation, including the likes of President Donald Trump.
Since the special election in April, President Trump has been campaigning for Handel through various outlets including his twitter account.
With the support of a notoriously republican district and of President Trump, Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by over 12-thousand votes.
“This is not the outcome we were looking for, but this is the beginning of something bigger than us,” said Ossoff to his supporters following defeat.
The 30 year-old first time candidate was hoping to “Flip The 6th” , a district seat that has been in the Republican Party’s control since 1979.
Ossoff obtained the most amount of votes during the special election held in April, but failed to win the election by majority, forcing a runoff against Handel.
“My commitments, they extend to everyone of you as well. We may have some different beliefs, but we are apart of one community… the community of the 6th district.,” stated Handel during her victory speech.
The election was grueling, but Handel came out victorious.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio