Amid the heat of what many Republicans have deemed a necessary victory for a congressional seat in Georgia, President Trump reminded the candidate he’s endorsed that she has to come out on top.
Karen Handel, the lone Republican vying for the 6th district seat, has been hard at work promoting herself as the champion of her district — the suburban Atlanta area — and has taken aim at the big-money backers of her political rival, Democrat Jon Ossoff. She’ll face him in a special runoff election scheduled for June 20.
Handel greeted the President warmly when Air Force One touched down in Georgia and even earned praise from Trump at the National Rifle Association Convention earlier in the day, WXIA reported.
“She’s totally for the Second Amendment, so get out vote,” he said. “You know she’s running against someone who is going to raise your taxes to the sky and destroy your healthcare.”
He continued to praise the Georgia politician during the fundraiser, which attracted about 100 supporters, all of whom dished out at least $2,600 to get in. Handel’s campaign said it raised about $750,000 at the event, according to the Journal.
Trump similarly boosted Handel in a slew oftweets earlier this month, kicking off his digital endorsement by calling Ossoff a “disaster” who would be “VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration.”