Handel fended off a furious challenge from the Democrats, winning a vacant seat in suburban Atlanta that has been in GOP hands since future House Speaker Newt Gingrich won it in 1978.   Her victory over Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker whose campaign was fueled by more than $23 million financed by energized liberals who were motivated by their strong opposition to Trump, is likely to quell Republican nerves across Washington.
The party has been under siege, dealing with a special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that could implicate Trump and struggling to move legislation to partially repeal Obamacare.     Ossoff fell short despite Trump’s low approval ratings and frustration with the Republican majorities on Capitol Hill, derailed by GOP attacks about his residency — he did not live in the district and couldn’t vote for himself — and that a vote for him was a vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a reviled figure on the Right.