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Karen Handel Keeps Georgia Seat in GOP Hands
Republican defeats Jon Ossoff in most expensive House election

Karen Handel is the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans can breathe a sigh of relief with GOP nominee Karen Handel defeating Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election in Georgia’s 6th District on Tuesday.

Handel carried 52 percent of the vote to Ossoff’s 48 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. She becomes the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Georgia.

Former Rep. Tauscher’s Super PAC Aims to Turn 7 Red California Seats Blue
Group plans to spend $10 million between now and June

Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher served in Congress from 1997 to 2009, when she became Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the Obama administration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans hold 14 House seats in California. A new super PAC co-founded by former Rep. Ellen Tauscher wants to cut that number in half next year.

The super PAC, Fight Back California, aims to turn seven of those Republican districts blue by spending a planned $10 million getting involved in races early, before the primary and even before candidates announce their runs. 

Podcast: Democrats’ Big Test in Georgia
The Big Story, Episode 58

Democrat John Ossoff, left, faces off June 20 against Republican competitor Karen Handel, right, for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat.

Roll Call political correspondent Simone Pathè explains how the most expensive House race in history, next week's contest to fill an open seat in suburban Atlanta, has already revealed plenty about the new congressional electoral landscape in the age of Trump.

Show Notes:

GOP Super PAC Releases Closing Ad Against Jon Ossoff
Congressional Leadership Fund is spending $7 million in Georgia race

Screenshot of CLF ad.

The biggest outside spender in Georgia’s 6th District race is taking one final shot at Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC backed by House GOP leadership, is launching its final TV ad in the race Tuesday, with just a week to go until the June 20 runoff. 

Ad Says Bacon Fights to Keep Base Open — But Nobody’s Trying to Close it
In reality, Offutt Air Force Base is getting a new $1.2 million investment

Nebraska Republican Rep. Don Bacon’s district includes Offutt Air Force Base. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New ads from a Republican super PAC emphasize GOP Rep. Don Bacon's fight to “keep Offutt Air Force Base open.” The problem is, there are no current efforts to close the base or cut its funding.

In fact, the base is currently receiving new investments that include $1.2 billion for a U.S. Strategic Command headquarters.

Democrats Stick to Health Care Message Amid Russian Intrigue
Party sees health care as more salient campaign issue

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., says health care is the issue that concerns her constituents the most, adding that she has gotten “zero questions about Russia.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the daily drip about Russia and the Trump administration, national Democrats who hope to exploit Republicans’ vulnerabilities in 2018 are focusing their messaging squarely on health care before the July 4 recess.

Just minutes after former FBI Director James B. Comey concluded his testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee — in which he said the president lied to the America people — the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasted out a release.

Muslims in Georgia 6th Worry About Baiting by GOP
Ads criticizing Ossoff on terrorism recall infamous Max Cleland ad

An ad from the NRCC shows Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff juxtaposed with an image of an Islamic State militant behind him (Screenshot)

Ads criticizing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff over terrorism have some Muslims in Georgia’s 6th District concerned they are being used as a rallying point for Republicans.

The National Republican Congressional Committee recently released an ad that says the Islamic State terrorist group is “infiltrating America and using Syrians to do it” and criticizes Democrats for allowing refugees into the United States.

Democratic Super PAC Targets Kushner Ahead of Comey Hearing
Calls for independent commission

Jared Kushner arrives for the annual Days of Remembrance Holocaust ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Giffords Getting Navy Ship Named for Her
Hillary Clinton, Jill Biden will join Arizona Democrat at Saturday’s launch

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survived an assassination attempt in 2011 while a member of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday will have a Navy combat ship named after her, joining Martha Washington as the only other woman so honored during her lifetime.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Jill Biden will join Giffords on Friday for the commissioning of the USS Gabrielle Giffords in Galveston, Texas. Biden took part in a christening ceremony for the ship in 2015. 

GOP Attorneys General May Shake Up Senate Primaries
Three could run for Senate in toss-up races

Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected state Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. He's seen here last November with the state’s junior senator, Roy Blunt. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans have no shortage of House members interested in promotions to the Senate next year. But in three of four states with toss-up races, GOP attorneys general are also readying for potential Senate bids.

The top lawyers of Indiana, West Virginia and Missouri are contemplating primary bids against GOP House members who are either already running for the Senate or who are widely assumed to be running.