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.