The Sixth District in Georgia is a bell-weather region during election season as the state counts down to November 6th. Republican incumbent Karen Handel is battling Democratic upstart Lucy McBath and each poll suggests this race is in a statistical dead heat. Less than two years ago, Handel famously defeated Jon Ossoff in a race that garnered statewide and national attention as it was the first special election in President Trump’s era. Meanwhile, McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, an African-American teenager gunned down at a Florida gas station. McBath is also a gun control advocate.

The Sixth District consists of many of the northern suburbs of Atlanta and includes portions of eastern Cobb County, northern Fulton County, and northern Dekalb County. The district includes all or portions of the cities of Roswell, Johns Creek, Tucker, Alpharetta, Milton, Mountain Park, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, and Dunwoody.

McBath’s fundraising efforts have outpaced Handel’s. McBath reported raising $962,000 compared to Handel’s $540,000 raised between July 5th and September 30th.

Handel’s campaign has targeted McBath’s affiliation with Everytown For Gun Safety, the gun control group that once employed McBath – the Democrat is on a leave of absence until after the election – and has spent $3 million on Georgia Six.

McBath has repudiated the proliferation of dark money in politics but has said many times, she does not consider Everytown’s spending to fall into that category. (It does – its political action arm is a 501(c)(4), which does not need to disclose its donors and can spend unlimited amounts on elections as long as it does not coordinate with campaigns.)

“While our opponent’s employer is spending millions in yet another attempt to buy this seat with out-of-state money, we have the right candidate with a record of results that reflects the values of the 6th District,” said Mason Rainey, Handel’s campaign manager.

In last year’s 6th District race, Democrat Jon Ossoff raised nearly $30 million and still lost to Handel, primarily because President Trump stumped for Handel. McBath has unveiled network television ads in recent weeks aimed at introducing herself to voters ahead of next week’s Atlanta Press Club debates.

Here are the current fundraising numbers for each candidate.

6th District

Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel

Raised: $540,000

On Hand: $979,000

 

Democrat Lucy McBath

Raised: $961,000

On Hand: $706,000

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