>> Pre existing condition.>> The polls are closed in the costliest Congressional race in history as Georgia Democrats on Tuesday hope dissatisfaction with President Trump will help them win a seat long held by Republicans. I'm, Andy Sullivan in Dunwoody, Georgia, a democratic leaning area of this suburban Atlanta district where democrat Jon Ossoff and republican Karen Handel are both trying hard not to mention Trump's name.
Still this race is widely seen as a referendum on the President. And the money has been pouring in, at least $56 million has been spent so far which is nearly double the previous record. Still all that money can't buy good weather, heavy rains throughout much of the day and even a flash flood warning potentially driving down turn out.
With the polls showing this race at a virtual dead heat, it's anybody's guess as to who will benefit. Ossoff supporters making a final get out the vote push despite the rain. << Rain or shine, we're Ossoff. Handel swarmed by reporters after casting her ballot, as Ossoff supporters troll the GOP candidate from the street.
Handel, a former Secretary of State, saying a 30-year old Ossoff is too inexperienced for the job, pointing out that he doesn't even live in the district he hopes to represent. Attack ads from fringe groups trying to link Ossoff to last week's shooting of Republicans in suburban Virginia. Another ad manipulating President Obama's voice telling people not to vote.
>> We'd all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey. I spoke to a Republican voter who said she'd never seen this kind of mudslinging.>> I definitely feel like this election has been unlike any other in our area. I don't even know that I lived in the Sixth District before.
But there's been so much negative rhetoric and a lot of negative attack ads, and they are flooding the TV screen. They're on the radio. Just a whole negative aura around the campaign. Both candidates framing the race in local terms, but it's hard not to see the national implications here.
If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have an easier time raising money and recruiting candidates as they try to win back the House of Representatives in 2018. If Handel wins, Republicans will be able to argue that their party's fortunes aren't necessarily tied to the ups and downs of the President's Twitter feed.