GOP leaders in Georgia are wrestling with how to manage a successful House race with Donald Trump as president, The New York Times reported.
Trump and his administration have been shrouded in controversy over the past few weeks as Congress and the FBI ramp up investigations into collusion between the president's transition team and Russia during the 2016 election. The president's job approval ratings are low, but he remains popular with the GOP base, so figuring out how to toe the party line without alienating Trump's loyal conservative voters has been a talking point.
"That is the question we are trying to answer right now," said Ralph Reed, whose Faith and Freedom Coalition is based in Georgia and is involved in the highly publicized special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.
"I don't think you really look to broadcast (Trump)," he said. "You narrowcast him."
Handel has accepted Trump's fundraising assistance but has also said she supports an investigation into recent reports the president shared highly classified information with Russians.
Republicans have won House seats in Montana and Kansas, but Georgia's special election has proven to be different. It is the most expensive congressional race in history and has Ossoff ahead in polls in a district that has reliably voted Republican in the past. What happens in this race could foreshadow what happens in 2018.
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