President Trump tells Georgia politician she ‘better win’ congressional race

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.

“You’d better win,” Trump told Handel, according to five witnesses who spoke with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Georgia politician told the President he had nothing to worry about during a closed-door fundraising event at the Capitol City Club on Friday.

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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.

Karen Handel is vying for the open seat against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Karen Handel is vying for the open seat against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

(DAVID GOLDMAN/AP)

“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.”

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While Handel didn’t run as a Trump loyalist, she has been increasingly reliant on his support.

Trump slammed Ossoff as "someone who is going to raise your taxes to the sky and destroy your healthcare.”

Trump slammed Ossoff as “someone who is going to raise your taxes to the sky and destroy your healthcare.”

(JOHN BAZEMORE/AP)

Republicans have long held the 6th district seat, with Tom Price dominating the election in November before Trump tapped him to be health secretary.

Brandon Phillips, a former Trump campaign manager in Georgia, told the Journal he was pleased that Handel was tying herself to the Republican president.

“It was nice seeing Karen embrace Trump,” he said.

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