Georgia Congressional Candidate Receives Threatening Package

Karen Handel's neighbors also received suspicious packages, her campaign said.

Written by Lydia O'Connor

Police are investigating after Georgia congressional candidate Karen Handel and her neighbors received packages Thursday containing threatening letters and a suspicious substance.

Handel, a Republican, is facing off against Democrat Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. A recent poll shows them in a deadlock in the heated race.

“The police were quickly notified and street is now being blocked off,” Handel said in a statement around 4 p.m. local time. “We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement as necessary.”

Osoff told WSB-TV that his family has also received several threats of violence during the campaign, prompting him to hire a security detail.

Thursday’s incident comes one day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others were shot at a Virginia baseball field. Scalise is in critical condition. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.