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Georgia 6th: Ossoff, Handel to meet in June debate on WSB

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a primetime debate on June 6 that will air live on WSB-TV at 8 p.m.

It is the first debate announced between the two candidates in the hotly-contested June 20 runoff to represent Georgia's 6th District, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb.

It's unclear how many additional debates will be held, but Handel's campaign has said it would agree to "several" others - though it has not confirmed which ones.

Ossoff and Handel both attended more than a dozen forums and debates in the runup to the April 18 vote. The debate over, er, debates since then has been a sticking point in this nationally-watched race.

Shortly after his first-place finish in April, Ossoff challenged Handel to six debates and later said he "confirmed" three of them: One with CBS-46, one with WSB-TV and a third hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. But Handel had declined to attend the Dunwoody debate, leading to a wave of criticism from Ossoff supporters.

A few other debates could still be in the works, including an Atlanta Press Club event and another hosted by BrandBank, which organized an 18-candidate forum in the first round of this vote.

The WSB debate will feature Justin Farmer as the moderator and the panelists include Richard Elliot, Condace Pressley and your Insider.



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

Georgia 6th: Handel, Ossoff sharpen foreign policy stance

Pence plans June visit to stump for Handel in 6th District runoff

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

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

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

Ossoff slams Handel’s ‘nonsense’ Planned Parenthood stance



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