Georgia 6th: Montana victor calls for help defeating ‘liberals in Georgia’

Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters after being declared the winner at a election night party for Montana’s special House election (Photo by Janie Osborne/Getty Images)

Republican Greg Gianforte, who won Montana’s special election despite an election-eve assault charge, sent a fundraising plea Saturday calling for conservatives to “keep the momentum against them down in Georgia and the other races.”

The dispatch sent on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee invoked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying that “since Montana is no longer in Pelosi’s grasp, all of her and the left’s attention will go towards Georgia and the remaining special elections.”

“I know with your support, [name], we can defeat Pelosi and the liberals in Georgia and the remaining special elections,” it read. “Can I count on you to continue your support before the last crucial FEC deadline before Georgia and the other special elections?”

Gianforte won a 7-point victory in Thursday’s special election for Montana’s lone congressional seat after he was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly body-slamming a reporter from The Guardian who asked him about his healthcare stance. He later apologized, saying “that’s not the way I’ll lead in this state.”

The June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff becomes the latest test of Donald Trump’s popularity and the GOP agenda, and Democrats are hungry for an upset win after defeats in Montana and an earlier Kansas special election.

While Trump easily carried both those areas in November, he struggled mightily in Georgia’s 6th District, a once-reliably Republican bastion in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Trump won the district by less than 2 points in 2016, even as Republican Rep. Tom Price coasted to a landslide victory.

And while national Democrats offered only reluctant support to their candidates in Montana and Kansas, they have showered Ossoff with unprecedented cash and bountiful resources as he tries to flip the district. They see the contest – the most expensive U.S. House contest in history – as a proving ground for how Democrats can compete in fast-changing suburbs they’ll need to win to take back the House in 2018.

More: The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

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294 comments
George Culpepper Jr
George Culpepper Jr

He's originally from New Jersey. His mobster tactics are not welcomed in Georgia.

Ilyas Shaikh
Ilyas Shaikh

Republican victory in GA is not a referendum for Trump, rather a slap on corrupt Democrat Party. America needs an American leader but not a Democrat elite.

Ben Dendy
Ben Dendy

Surely the people of the 6th district is not dumb enough to elect a liberal. But money talks and Soros has sure spread a lot of it around And I guess some people would sell their soul for money. But not good Georgia People.

Mattie J. Riggins
Mattie J. Riggins

It's sad, but the nastier the Republican candidate, the more he or she is embraced by the far right. It's way passed praying time. Let's bring civility back. #flipthe6th

Terri Miller
Terri Miller

You think you can come to Georgia and body slam people, so y'all can keep screwing the American people over?? \U0001f621\U0001f621

Kathleen Stevens
Kathleen Stevens

And didn't the dems all support the Dem candiate in the race? Fair is not fair?

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

When you kiss communist putin lover Donnie and call in a thug from Montana, you must be desperate. What a display of Christianity these thugs display.

Julia Kneeland
Julia Kneeland

This is their true "Bully " platform. And you know what the bulls leave behind.

Dorothy Boshuyzen Mcnutt
Dorothy Boshuyzen Mcnutt

Boy, there is some warped political thinking, name calling, and hostility in Ga. Think Americans first not political agendas......

Cory Jobe
Cory Jobe

These people are so disgusting.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

KAREN HANDEL 6TH DISTRICT GA- SHE STANDS FOR ALL OF GEORGIA.

scooderpup
scooderpup

She stands for all xenophobes and anti choice rich white people. Yehaw!

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

GOP UNITE against the Left we will prevail and show them the Presidency election was not a fluke- you are acting like radical American hating communist and we will defeat you LEGALLY we do not have to resort to violence like the left does because they do not get their way. KAREN HANDEL STANDS FOR YOUR SENCOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS STRONGLY!!! GO KAREN GEORGIA stand with you!!

Ellie Gratz
Ellie Gratz

Communist are in cahoots with the Republicans at the moment. Don't think for one second that Putin isn't of the old Soviet cloth.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

In GA, you would of been shot trying to body slam someone.

Karlie Gwayambadde
Karlie Gwayambadde

I wonder if he's bringing his reporter body slamming moves to GA. This guy is garbage, with no respect for others. The fact that he won a special election the day after body slamming a reporter is sickening. The is a violent thug and should be in jail. Instead he's a member of congress...smh.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Maybe if Handel body slams a reporter, she might have a better chance.

Margaret Matthews
Margaret Matthews

How much money have the Democrats wasted on these political ads? They are on every break on TV for months and they all have him taking about how he will save money if elected. Think of what good this money would have been to aid the poor, feed the hungry, etc.

Bob Jones
Bob Jones

Yep, considering Trump has cut everything in his budget that helps the poor, you are on a roll here aren't you?

RufusATL
RufusATL

Ole Margaret is not on a roll--she's just delusional.  Bless her feeble mind.

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

Need to get rid of all the democrat socialist, vote hem all out

Greg O'Driscoll
Greg O'Driscoll

So the snowflake that can't handle simple questions is blowing in from Montana? Cut me a break.

Ray Quest
Ray Quest

hmmmmm is he not out on bail how he out of state

Michael King
Michael King

Republicans we must unite to defeat the insane liberal left. The Democrats are running an Obama administration insider who has never done anything for Georgia and especially for the sixth district where he does not live. We have lived in the 6th district for over 20 years and we know Karen Handle and all the good she had done for the 6th district. Never heard of the Democrat candidate until money poured in from Washington elitists and globalists and big corporation's who have an agenda and who want to tell all of us how to live what to say and even the kind of food we eat. They are opposed to our Southern culture and our God and our love of freedom and family. The Atlanta elite attitude needs to be defeated and real middle and working class Americans must stand up and say enough!

scooderpup
scooderpup

Your devotion to the alternative fact dirty old men channel is glaringly obvious. What good has Handel done for you? She tried to suppress votes and almost bankrupted a charity. What else? She's a professional politian which republicans claim to hate. She a puppet of Putin puppet Donnie. You better brush up on your Russian, Komrad.

Michael King
Michael King

That is the way Democrats think. They have no ideas all they can do is curse. So crude and hateful.

RufusATL
RufusATL

There were no curse words in the post, unless you discount "Donnie" as a curse word.  Now, that is one crude, hateful word.

Michael King
Michael King

This is a lie. The health care law allows the middle class and working class Americans to afford health care. The deductibles will be lowered and premiums will be reasonable which were not under Obamacare. You are reading fake news from a clearly biased article from CNN and Money magazine owned by Time Warner. This was same line they used about Reagan and his tax and budget cuts. It is scare tactics. The truth is everyone will benefit from tax cuts. The wealthy can invest in our industry and the middle class will spur growth by increased consumption. The Democrats failed during the last eight years to bring economic recovery and as always the Democrats solution is for givermment to give money your and my money to the entitled who want the government to provide for their every whim. True economic recovery will come when taxes are lowered for all and give aways and government waste is stopped. The government should not be in the health care business. That is what the fake news has supported. We need less government taxes and less government programs and less government regulations.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

He didn't bow, he is much taller than the prince who was putting the neck wear around his neck,so he had to lean forward so the diminutive Saudi could get the thing over Trump's head and onto his neck. Liberals, why can't you all be honest? God is watching!!!;

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

hahhaaha, I'm pretty sure those in the 6th know a label like conservative or liberal can easily be manipulated. If it wasn't for "some liberal" Handel would NOT even be able to run for office or EVEN VOTE.

Robbie Wilkes
Robbie Wilkes

There ya go Georgia Repugnicants... one more disgusting, un-American POS with which you folks can associate yourselves. Make yourself proud. Let's hear how you support him for attacking our media, acting like a thug... how he's the type of "person" you believe best represents this great country. Sickening!

Michael King
Michael King

We won You lost. Most people know the truth and it will continue. You are the party of hate and resistance and old ideas which America rejects!

Robbie Wilkes
Robbie Wilkes

You mean "old ideas" like equality, freedom, accountability and justice? Are THOSE the ideas to which you're referring? Progressives have moved this country forward from the beginning, and have stood, and will continue to stand, against the backwards, idiotic thinking of people like :poop: Trump :poop: and Gianforte... and, obviously, you.

RufusATL
RufusATL

King is scared, Robbie.  The world is leaving him behind.

David Robinson
David Robinson

Yep, Randy Cannady, this lady is loaded up on conspiracy theories and obviously hasn't been to any of his rallies. He says what he means andd means what he says. Obama is nothing but a weak apologetic, military depleting, veteran hating, Muslim sympothizer who thank GOD we didn't get Hitlery to continue his shenanigans. Let almost all the worst of the worst Gitmo detainees out to fight our troops and KILL OUR TROOPS again. He should be hung by his neck for the crimes he's committed against the American People and I just pray it's not too late for Trump to undo all the crooked deals that the Obama administration did with our #1 sponsor of terrorism, Iran before they get the nukes that will be shot in every direction and possibly destroy the USA as we now know it. Hard to believe anyone could get behind a party that has Impeach Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Boy Schumer at the helms. Then you have Maxine Waters and John Lewis who don't know which way is up. No comparison to the intelligence of the Dems and the Repulbicans. And as for Gianfortee

scooderpup
scooderpup

The fox is strong in your brain. Sad. One publication will win a Pulitzer for outing communist Donnie. And it will not be the dirty old men alternative fact channel.