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Handel warns Democrats are hungry for 'revenge' as Ossoff hints at 6th District comeback bid

She was welcomed with an introduction most of the audience had never heard before: U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, victor of the most expensive House contest in history, wanted to be a pro football player as a kid.

It’s true, she told a few dozen tea party activists and conservatives piled into a Marietta hall. Instead, Handel settled for another contact sport. And now she’s gearing up for another bruising campaign season after a hard-fought June 20 win over Democrat Jon Ossoff to represent the suburban Atlanta seat.

She recently sent out her first fundraising plea warning that Democrats were hungry for “revenge,” and she’s toured GOP groups with a message that mixes gratitude for their support with a reminder of a fight to come to hold the 6th Congressional District.

“The Republican Party came together and was united in June, and we’re going to have to repeat that in 2018,” said Handel. “Because what I know is that, across the various groups, if any one part came out of the coalition, I don’t know if we’d be successful.”

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