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FILE - In a Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Republican candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional seat Karen Handel updates supporters on early results at an election night watch party in Roswell, Ga. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district Tuesday, June 6, where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind Jon Ossoff, a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

A Georgia GOP chairman apologized for saying the Alexandria shooting will help his party


UPDATE 3:57 p.m. EST:

Georgia Republican Party 11th District Chairman Brad Carver apologized Monday for saying the Alexandria shooting will help the Republican candidate in Georgia's House special election.

"Politics, human tragedy and violence don't mix," Carver said in a statement to Yahoo News. "I should not have said what I said. I apologize for my remarks."

ORIGINAL STORY:  Georgia Republican Party 11th District Chairman Brad Carver told The Washington Post that last week's shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia will help Republican candidate Karen Handel win Georgia's House special election.

“I'll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver told The Post. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there’s extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them.”

The shooter in last week's incident that wounded House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others, James T. Hodgkinson, was a former campaign volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). He allegedly had a list of Republican lawmakers he wanted to target during the attack.

One Georgia campaign ad created by the Principled PAC stated that if Democrat Jon Ossoff won the election, the violence would continue.  

WATCH | Here's the ad.

“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans,” the ad’s narrator says. “When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday.”

Georgia voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday Night. 

Two months ago, President Trump took to Twitter to weigh in on the Georgia election race.

The president on Monday urged Republicans to vote.

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