Karen Handel Is The Projected Winner Of The Georgia House Special Election

Republican Karen Handel is the projected winner of the Georgia House special election.

Official election results can be followed at the Georgia Sec. of State website.

Live results here from Decision Desk HQ.

Sarah Jones and I preview tonight’s results:

Dave Wasserman on the percentages that Ossoff needs to hit in order to win:

Update: 7:09 PM ET: Michael McDonald warns that early voting numbers won’t look quite as overwhelming for Ossoff as more Republicans voted early:

But Nate Cohn of The New York Times says the mail-in vote will lean heavily Democratic:

Update: Polls stayed open until 7:30 PM in two locations in DeKalb according to the AJC. “DeKalb County officials have received permission to extend voting hours at Livsey Elementary and in Embry Hills at Holy Cross Catholic Church until 7:30 p.m. tonight. The half-hour extension came after both locations experienced problems this morning with checking voters in.”

Update 7:35: Handel leads Ossoff 51.4% to 48.6%.

Update 7:38 PM ET: Karen Handel wins the in-person early vote in Fulton County:

Steve Kornacki says early vote loss in Fulton is an ominous sign for Ossoff:

Update: Democratic strategist warns that North DeKalb numbers aren’t where Democrats would like them to be:

Update 8:06 PM ET: Ossoff 50.6% leads Handel 49.3%

Nate Cohn:

Update: Handel Leads Ossoff 50.4% to 49.6%

Update: Ossoff leads Handel 50.3% to 49.6

Update: Handel leads Ossoff 51.1% to 49.9%

Election model projecting a 4 point Karen Handel win:

On the other hand:

Update: 8:49 PM ET: Handel leads Ossoff 50.7% to 49.3%.

Update 8:58 PM ET: Handel leads Ossoff 51.1% to 48.9%

Update: Handel leads Ossoff 52.7% to 47.3%.

Update: Handel leads Ossoff 52.2% to 46.8%

Steve Kornacki, the Grim Reaper of Democratic special election hopes, strikes again:

Update: Handel leads Ossoff 53%-47%.

Karen Handel is the projected winner of the Georgia House special election: