ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia and avoided a major upset after the most expensive House campaign in U.S. history.
Her victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District comes after Republican special congressional election wins in Montana, Kansas and South Carolina.READ MORE: San Jose Daycare Worker Suspected of Sexually Abusing Child
Republicans are claiming momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms, but each race was much closer than expected for the four districts.READ MORE: Kim Fields Hopes 'Adventures In Christmasing' Inspires People To Come Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Those trends leave Democrats hopeful they can win a House majority next year. They need to flip 24 GOP seats.
The 55-year-old Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state who built her professional and political career after leaving an abusive home as a teenager. She succeeds Republican Tom Price, who resigned to join President Donald Trump’s administration.MORE NEWS: New COVID Variant 'Omicron' Identified; Here's What You Need To Know
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