The Note: Dem win in Georgia would be Trump’s first big loss

WHAT TO KNOW TODAY

  • Sprinting to the finish: House seats are at stake today in Georgia and South Carolina, with Georgia the main event. Polls are open in both races from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
  • The national implications are broader in Georgia, where winning a seat held by the GOP since 1979 would give Democrats their first big win of the Trump era.
  • President Trump is condemning the “brutality” of the North Korean regime after the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student freed from North Korea who died just days later.
  • Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called for the United States to issue a tourist travel ban to North Korea.
  • Democratic senators held the floor past midnight Monday to protest the GOP health care bill, with senators pressing to finish work this week. Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted: “This healthcare bill will impact millions and millions of Americans. Yet we have not had one hearing. Republicans should be embarrassed.”
  • THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein

    No politics is local in 2017. So it is that the Atlanta suburbs will tell us more than any other electoral contest in the Trump era to date, in the most expensive House race in U.S. history. (We know the president likes superlatives, and one thing we will learn today is whether he ends up liking that one.) The insane money and outsized attention are just two factors that make the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District a less-than-ideal test case; this game won’t be played 50 or 60 times next November. And Democrat Jon Ossoff has resisted resistance-themed messaging, though he has benefited greatly from anti-Trump sentiments that have been channeled into Georgia. But rather than prescriptions for 2018, which are dubious in any special election, this race matters for 2017. President Trump’s beleaguered agenda needs to show it can win on the ballot. Democrats need to demonstrate that they can convince chunks of Trump voters that they offer a…

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