Handel used an election-eve rally to urge suburban Atlanta Republicans not to be wowed by the attention and money showered on this House special election.
“We cannot let up. There is too much at stake,” Handel said.
Across town, an even more boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chanted “Flip the 6th! Flip the 6th!” as the 30-year-old Ossoff took the microphone.
A former congressional staffer making his first bid for public office, Ossoff has spent the monthslong campaign bouncing between excited Democrats eager to topple Trump and the independents and moderates who are unhappy with Washington yet wary about voting for a Democrat.
On the final night before voting, though, he played to the base.
“Politics does not have to be about fear and hate and deception and division,” he said, avoiding mentioning Trump directly, as is his custom, but blistering “those cynics in Washington, D.C.”
A gaggle of national and foreign media looked on at both rallies, a testament to how a single congressional seat has become a dominant story in U.S. politics.
The seat in play was held by Tom Price, now Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary. The seat has been represented by Republicans since 1979.
More than 140,000 voters have cast early ballots, suggesting total turnout will exceed a typical midterm election.