Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s high-stakes special election, CNN projects, the most expensive US House race on record. A little after 9:45 p.m. ET, Handel led Democrat Jon Ossoff by 5.7 percentage points, with 136 out of 208 precincts counted and 190,000 votes reported.
At a Hyatt Regency in northern Atlanta, more than 100 Handel supporters packed into the hotel’s ballroom. The crowd was buzzing after Handel’s 8 p.m. appearance onstage to pump up her supporters about early vote numbers — she was ahead of the GOP’s forecast.