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Georgia 6th: Even more reinforcements are headed to Handel, Ossoff

The race for Georgia’s 6th District is already the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. Now outside groups are pledging even more help for Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC favored by House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Wednesday it will hire another 45 door-knockers to reach an additional 100,000 households. The group also stuck to its latest theme – linking Ossoff to San Francisco – with a new radio spot.

The group has doled out $6.6 million and already had a team of 90 field operatives on the ground in the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb. It also plans to keep its field office in the district open after the June 20 runoff – regardless of who wins – to prepare for the 2018 vote.



House Democrats upped their ante as well. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will pour in another $2 million to back Ossoff, bringing the total investment to nearly $5 million.

Much of the money will be spent on TV, though about $150,000 will fund radio on stations geared to African-American listeners.

It dovetails with the Democratic National Committee’s announcement last week that it was hiring 10 new field operatives to reach out to minority voters who may not have cast ballots in the first round of the vote.

Both parties are looking for every edge they can get in the runoff. The seat has long been held by Republicans, but Donald Trump’s struggles in the territory have Democrats hoping to land a major upset victory.

Read more recent AJC coverage of the 6th District race:

Ossoff mostly lets others make anti-Trump attacks in Georgia’s 6th

Georgia 6th: Handel, Ossoff sharpen foreign policy stance

Ossoff, Handel to meet in June debate on WSB

Abortion debate divides candidates in Georgia’s 6th District race

Ossoff on Trump impeachment: ‘I don’t think we’re there’

Democrats hope to leverage ‘Ossoff effect’ in other Georgia races


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.