The two contenders in Georgia's 6th congressional district race are nearly tied, according to a recent poll, The Hill reported Tuesday.
Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are competing in a special runoff election to fill the seat left vacant when former Rep. Tom Price left Congress to become President Donald Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services.
A poll by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research showed Ossoff with a slight lead at 48 percent and Handel at 47 percent among respondents who said they would likely vote in next month's election, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The polling firm also worked for both former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Keenan Pontoni, Ossoff's campaign manager, said the poll showed the positive gains of their supporters' efforts.
"Four months ago, nobody expected us to even break 40 percent," Pontoni said.
"Now, after our historic first-place finish on April 18th and this encouraging poll, we're seeing the results of our community's massive outreach efforts, and with our plans to ramp up those efforts even more, our campaign is well-positioned to win on June 20th," he added.
Ossoff came in first in last month's primary among a field of 18 contenders but failed to get a majority, leading to the runoff. Trump has been campaigning for Handel and during a visit to Atlanta last month reportedly told her, "You'd better win."
The president has also tweeted support for the Republican candidate, gave a televised speech, helped with fundraising effortsm and recorded a robo-call on her behalf.
The poll also indicated Ossoff ahead of Handel by 12 points among voters in last month's special election and in the 2016 election, but not among those who voted in the 2014 midterm elections.
The race has been closely watched as it is "seen nationally as a referendum on Donald Trump," according to ajc.com.
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