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Ossoff, Handel Threatened With Violence Before Special Election

Both sides in Georgia’s special election — the most expensive House race in American history — have reported violent threats made against them.

Democrat Jon Ossoff issued a statement Thursday saying that threats against the campaign have intensified in recent days and were reported to police. Ossoff did not describe the nature of the threats. “These events speak to the need to redouble commitment to civility and unity,” the campaign stated.

His Republican rival, Karen Handel, reported Thursday that several of her neighbors received packages and envelopes containing an unknown white powder. “The packages contained threatening letters and a suspicious substance. The police were quickly notified and [the] street is now being blocked off,” Handel wrote on her Facebook account.

Politicians on both sides have had to contemplate heightened security procedures after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday while practicing for Thursday’s annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Contact Nathan Guttman at guttman@forward.com or on Twitter @nathanguttman

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