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GOP official: Scalise’s shooting ‘is going to win the election for us’ in Ossoff-Handel race

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Brad Carver, the chairman of the Republican Party in Georgia’s 11th congressional district, isn’t being shy about exploiting last week’s shooting at a Republican baseball practice to help his party win a critical special election.

The Washington Post reports that Carver said that the shooting that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) seriously injured would secure a win for Republican Congressional candidate Karen Handel in this week’s special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district against upstart Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff.

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“I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver said this weekend at a get-out-the-vote rally for Handel. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them. We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does.”

Carver acknowledged that this week’s GA-06 election will be close, but he said the shooting of Scalise and several congressional staffers last week had rallied the Republican base.

“It’ll be close, but we’ll win it,” he said. “And I really do think the congressional baseball shooting is going to decide the election.”

Although GA-06 hasn’t elected a Democratic congressman since the 1970s, the most recent polls suggest Ossoff has a slight lead over Handel heading into Tuesday’s vote.

 

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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