Ryan to campaign with Republican in Georgia House runoff: report

Ryan to campaign with Republican in Georgia House runoff: report
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Defense: Pentagon sees signs of chemical weapons activity in Syria | House votes to reaffirm NATO defense pact | Saudis refuse to ease Qatar demands Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes Overnight Healthcare: Senate delays ObamaCare vote past recess | Trump says GOP 'very close' to deal | Three more senators come out against bill MORE (R-Wis.) will head to Georgia to campaign alongside GOP candidate Karen Handel in the much-watched House special election, Politico reported Wednesday. 

Ryan will stump alongside Handel sometime in the next few weeks, a Ryan political aide told Politico Wednesday.

Handel will face off against Democrat Jon Ossoff in a June runoff race to fill the seat of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. 

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Democrats had hoped Ossoff would be able to clinch more than 50 percent of the vote in a Tuesday primary and win the seat outright, but he fell below the mark. Handel received about 20 percent of the vote but was up against a crowded field of GOP competitors. 

Both parties will now coalesce around their candidate in the final race, which is being cast as an early sign of what's to come in 2018 and a measure of backlash against President Trump. 

Ossoff, who raised a massive $8 million for the primary, is continuing to rake in donations. 

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Keenan Pontoni, Ossoff’s campaign manager, said the investigative filmmaker raised over $500,000 on Wednesday alone, according to Politico. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will reportedly also contribute $500,000 to promoting Ossoff on TV.

Politico reported that the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that has already spent about $3 million attacking Ossoff, is also planning additional investments in the race.