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Karen C. Handel (born April 18, 1962) is an American politician and businesswoman from the state of Georgia who served as the 26th Secretary of State of Georgia and is currently a candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election.

A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. She was a member of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners before being elected Secretary of State of Georgia.

In 2011, Handel was appointed Senior Vice President of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a leading charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer,and left on February 7, 2012, following the foundation's controversial decisions to end, and then restore, funding for Planned Parenthood (Handel opposed the funding). Handel unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2014 election.

Handel is currently a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, running in the 2017 special election to fill a vacancy in Georgia's 6th congressional district. In the primary, she received the largest number of votes of any GOP candidate in a divided GOP field, allowing her to compete in the runoff election against Democrat Jon Ossoff on June 20, 2017.

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26th Secretary of State of Georgia
In office  
January 13, 2007 – January 8, 2010
Governor Sonny Perdue
Preceded by Cathy Cox
Succeeded by Brian Kemp
Personal details  
Born April 18, 1962 (age 55)
  Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Steve Handel
Alma mater Prince George's Community College
  University of Maryland, College Park

Karen Handel Biography About Career

In November 2003, Handel was elected chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in a special election to replace Mike Kenn, receiving 58% of the popular vote. She had run for commissioner unsuccessfully in November 2002, while serving as the president and CEO of North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. Handel was a member of the Log Cabin Republicans, a GOP LGBT rights group and was endorsed by them during her election bids. Handel left her position as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners early to run for Georgia Secretary of State in 2006.

In July 20, 2010, in the Republican primary vote, Handel received 34% and former Congressman Nathan Deal received 23%. Since neither candidate received a majority, they faced off in the Republican gubernatorial run off on August 10, 2010. Handel lost the runoff election to Deal by 50.2% to 49.8%–with about 2,500 votes separating them out of nearly 580,000 cast. She declined to request a recount and conceded to Deal the next day.


Georgia 6th congressional district special election 2017 Voting Live

  1. If Democrats win this special election then critics might say that this shows anti Trump sentiments amongst people.
  2. Mr. Ossoff raised more than $8.3 million mostly from out-of-state donors.
  3. Early results indicate that nearly 55,000 people in the district turned out in the early voting period.
  4. But the district has 70 %white, 13% Blacks and 11% Asians and 13% Hispanics .Acc to reports.

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Georgia 6th congressional district special election 2017 Candidates

Republican Party
David Abroms, businessman
Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan, economist
Keith Grawert, former USAF pilot
Bob Gray, businessman and Johns Creek City Councilman
Karen Handel, former Secretary of State of Georgia, candidate for Governor in 2010 and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014
Judson Hill, former State Senator
Bruce LeVell, businessman
Amy Kremer, tea party activist
William Llop, certified public accountant and candidate for GA-11 in 2012 and 2016
Dan Moody, former State Senator
Kurt Wilson, businessman

Democratic Party


Ragin Edwards, sales senior manager
Richard Keatley, college professor and former officer in the Navy
Karen Handel, filmmaker and former congressional aide
Rebecca Quigg, physician
Ron Slotin, former State Senator and candidate for GA-04 in 1996


Georgia 6th congressional district special election 2017 Opinion Poll

According to Opinion Poll Karen Handel is winning with on average 42%.

Poll Date(s) Sample Margin of Bob Karen Judson Jon
source administered size error Gray (R) Handel (R) Hill (R) Ossoff (D)
ZPolitics/Clout Research (R) April 14–15, 2017 453 LV ± 4.6% 17.00% 15.00% 10.00% 41.00%
Emerson College April 13–15, 2017 324 LV ± 5.4% 15.00% 17.00% 6.00% 43.00%
WSB/Landmark Communications April 12–13, 2017 500 LV ± 4.2% 9.00% 17.00% 8.00% 45.00%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy April 13, 2017 437 LV ± 4.6% 11.00% 21.00% 11.00% 42.00%
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