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Jon Ossoff has 7-point edge in Georgia runoff race

Jon Ossoff has 7-point edge in Georgia runoff race

Just two weeks out from a special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district, one candidate is offering unusually honest soundbytes for local television reporters. In most cases that would be superseded by the federal minimum of $7.25, which was last raised in 2007 after a fight between Congressional Democrats, Senate Republicans, and then-President George Bush, CNN reported at the time.

"My opponent has more donors and more dollars coming from outside of the state of Georgia", Handel said.

Elliot met with Handel outside her north Fulton County campaign headquarters and asked her about it Wednesday afternoon.

In Georgia in particular, the minimum wage is quite low compared to a livable wage - at least in certain parts of the state.

Handel and Ossoff are embroiled in an expensive special election that has become a proxy for national political dynamics.

"The Paris accord was a very bad deal for America and Americans", said Handel, adding that businesses were being hurt by the agreement.

Ossoff didn't answer directly at all until a moderator followed up, asking for a yes or no. The affluent suburban Atlanta district has elected a Republican since 1978, but Trump barely won here in November, giving Ossoff an opening if he can woo enough independents and even moderate Republicans. He specifically cited higher costs in urban areas.




That position largely reflects what Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in 2016, in contrast to her primary rival and liberal hero Bernie Sanders, who backs the $15 per hour standard.

But Ossoff rarely invoked Trump's name, and did so only in shots at Handel. But that facade crumbled throughout the one-hour debate.

Handel, meanwhile, repeatedly attempted to latch Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

"Your values are from 3,000 miles away in San Francisco", Handel told Ossoff.

Tuesday's televised debate between the two candidates, though, certainly gave Ossoff some material to work with as he tries to widen the gap between them. Handel, having virtually nothing worthwhile to stand on as a candidate herself, chose to try to push the Republican narrative that Jon Ossoff is some carpet-bagging elitist who is going to turn your kids into musical theatre dancers with newfangled iPhones and solar energy lust.

Handel - seeking to avoid Trump's terminology while defending the policy - referred to a "travel, ah, proposal".


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