SPOTLIGHT | GA-6

Back to the Georgia District Where It All Started

A surge in late outside spending bookends a big cycle in the Atlanta suburbs.

Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel celebrates with her husband Steve as she declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.
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Kyle Trygstad
Oct. 23, 2018, 8:59 a.m.

The district that kicked off a cycle of unprecedented Democratic fundraising is seeing an avalanche of late outside spending.

The NRCC just bought $1.4 million in airtime in Georgia’s 6th District to help Republican Rep. Karen Handel, who won a June 2017 special election that proved to be the most expensive House race in history. The move came days after Everytown for Gun Safety, the group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reported spending $1.8 million on TV ads supporting Democratic gun-control activist Lucy McBath.

The Republican money shift into the Atlanta media market shouldn’t be seen as an alarm bell just yet. While the district probably still leans in Handel’s direction, in this environment the NRCC is right to be careful with any suburban seat—particularly one seeing that kind of expenditure from the other side.

But every GOP dollar spent insuring a district like this won’t flip is one not going to a more-vulnerable, majority-deciding seat.

-- Kyle Trygstad

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