'Total disarray' and 'Democrats lose again': Republicans celebrate Karen Handel's win in Georgia special election

Republican Party luminaries congratulated Karen Handel on her win in the closely-watched special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night.

“Congrats to Karen Handel on HUGE win in GA,” read a message from President Donald Trump’s campaign. “Democrats lose again (0-4). Total disarray.”

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence released separate statements congratulating Handel:

Trump said: “Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th. Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!”

And Pence chimed in: “Congrats Karen Handel! Great campaign & great victory! With @realDonaldTrump in the White House & you in Congress, we will #MAGA!”

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan added: “Congratulations to Karen Handel on a hard-earned and well-deserved victory. Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated.”

Polls closed Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET after a record-high early-vote turnout, and strategists say it is likely Tuesday’s turnout will surpass previous records as well.

The race pitted 30-year-old Democrat and political neophyte Jon Ossoff against Handel, who is Georgia’s former Secretary of State.

Georgia’s special election was billed as a potential referendum on President Donald Trump, who heavily endorsed Handel’s candidacy.

Sonam Seth contributed to this report.

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