Nathan Deal

In Georgia, Republicans celebrate while Dems seek upsides

Republicans say Karen Handel's victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District proves the GOP is still the dominant party in Georgia.

Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Watson credited Handel for "crushing liberal dreams."

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's 48 percent showing in a Republican stronghold is proof that they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground.

Turns out, both sides can be right this time.

"This was not a cakewalk for them," Ossoff supporter Jen Cox said. "And it never will be again. That's the win for us today."

For eight years living in the traditionally conservative area,...