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    GOP, Trump Fend Off Special Election Challenges

    Still no cigar. Republican Karen Handel withstood strong-polling Democrat Jon Ossoff to win Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, a longtime GOP stronghold. Handel’s 4-point victory is seen as a boon to President Donald Trump after opponents painted the contest as a referendum on his presidency, helping it balloon to a $50 million race, the most expensive House election ever. It’s another disappointment for Democrats, who have seen surprising gains in unlikely places like South Carolina, where their hopeful came within 3 points yesterday — but there’s still no fire accompanying that smoke.

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