But an Ossoff victory would help Democrats raise money and recruit candidates as they try to win back control of the House of Representatives in 2018.
"This race is not about what's going on in the rest of the country, it's about you and the people of the sixth district", Handel said during her campaign's final rally on Monday night.
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Republican candidate Karen Handel (C) greet supporters as she campaigns for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election at First Watch in Johns Creek, Georgia, U.S., June 19, 2017. Ossoff is running in a special election against the Republican candidate Karen Handel to replace Tom Price, who is now the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
President Trump weighed in on the election early on Tuesday morning.
Almost 6,000 HRC members and supporters in Georgia's sixth congressional district are working to get out the vote and win a Republican district that voted for President Trump. Ossoff hopes to maximize the district's Democratic base and pick up just enough independents and moderate Republicans who don't align with Trump. Trump tweeted early Tuesday that Ossoff will raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district".
"The people of the Sixth District are going to be looking for someone who's been part of this community for almost 25 years", she told reporters after casting her ballot on Tuesday morning, as several dozen nearby Ossoff supporters chanted "Flip the Sixth".
Democrats have plenty of energy nationally, but it hasn't translated to the electoral scoreboard. Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district.
Tom Greathouse, an auto fix business owner who voted for Handel early Tuesday morning at a high school in Johns Creek, said he still was encouraged to see so many neighbors talking about the race. The party maintained its hold on House seats in Kansas and Montana. State officials say they're confident the technology is secure. Republicans are favored to hold a fourth seat on Tuesday in SC, while Democrats already held their lone open seat in a California special election. That lukewarm support for Trump is what has, in part, caused some to eye this special election as a possible early referendum on Trump's presidency.
Ossoff raised $23.6 million through May, mostly from donors in blue states, compared with $4.3 million raised by Handel, mostly from Georgia, according to Federal Election Commission filings. In one advertisement, produced by the conservative super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, Ossoff's national security bona fides are called inconsequential - some of his work experience took place when he was still an undergraduate at Georgetown - and he is shown singing with his college a capella group and dressed as "Star Wars" character Han Solo while discussing beer kegs.