Candidates make final push in Georgia House race

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are making their closing arguments in Georgia’s nationally watched 6th Congressional District race.

Handel is using an election-eve rally to tell suburban Atlanta Republicans that her experience is what the traditionally conservative district needs. The former Georgia secretary of state is thanking a festive crowd at a restaurant in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia, where she reminds her supporters that Ossoff doesn’t actually live in the district.

Across town, a boisterous crowd dominated by millennials chants “Flip the 6th! Flip the 6th!” as Ossoff takes the microphone.

The former congressional staffer turned investigative filmmaker sticks to his practice of not naming President Donald Trump but tells backers “politics does not have to be about fear and hate and deception and division.”

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7:25 p.m.

Most everything comes around eventually in politics.

At least that’s true for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and his 2010 primary rival Karen Handel.

There was no love lost between them seven years ago in a bitter GOP runoff, but any vestige of that is gone ahead of Handel’s tight battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat.

Deal is praising Handel at an election-eve campaign rally, saying the former Georgia secretary of state’s experience should be the difference in the race.

Deal also says the Republican Party is “hungry” for more “qualified women” to carry the party’s banner.

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5 p.m.

President Donald Trump is knocking Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff for not living in the 6th District where he’s running.

The president is tweeting about Ossoff and his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, a day ahead of their matchup that is billed as a preview of the 2018 midterms.

Trump tweets that Ossoff “can’t even vote … because he doesn’t even live there!” Ossoff lives in Atlanta,…

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