(FOX 5) - Karen Handel won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia to avoid a major upset ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Handel spoke to FOX 5 Atlanta in an exclusive interview the day after the election.
"When we saw the first numbers start to come in from Fulton County, on the early vote numbers, where we had really flipped that around to actually be in the lead, we knew that we were trending in the right direction," said Handel.
Her victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring.
"I've said from the very beginning that this race was and remained about the people of the 6th District," said Handel. "I certainly understand the attention from the press around the country. It, if you think about it, is one of the only games in town. But at the end of the day, it was really about the people in the 6th District, and I'm just beyond humbled that I have this privilege."
Democrats still managed narrower margins than usual in all four districts, and they hope that bodes well for next year's midterms.
"It was very important to them to have someone who had relationships in the community, someone with a track record," said Handel about constituents she spoke to. "It was not about national issues particularly, other than, when you think about national security, but not national politics."
The Georgia race ends as the most expensive House campaign in U.S. history, with a tab that may exceed $50 million.