Democratic Losses in Special Elections

Posted June 23, 2017

While the Center for Responsive Politics documented that over $56.7 million had been spent in the short campaign, viewed by many as a referendum on the Trump administration, gun politics also played a part in the contest.

Democrats poured millions of dollars into the race, hoping to capitalize on Trump's low approval ratings nationwide and his weak showing among district voters in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats are playing the blame game after losing two special elections for Congress on Tuesday night, but at least one analyst believes there's plenty of good news for the party. They said they were going to win.

Democrat Archie Parnell lost by just 3 percentage points on Tuesday, taking in 48 percent of the vote in a heavily red district.

Tuesday was a triumphant night for Republicans, winning 4 of 5 special elections, including the most expensive House race in USA history. The elders in the Democratic party have been accused of failing to learn lessons from the shocking loss to Trump: that running without a positive message isn't enough to win elections.

Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday, where Republican Ralph Norman prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Mr Trump's budget director.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, Ryan called the Democratic brand "toxic" and addressed his party's losses in special elections this week, particularly in the sixth district of Georgia, where Republican candidate Karen Handel and outside groups supporting her bid repeatedly tied her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff to Pelosi.

With the support of a notoriously republican district and of President Trump, Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by over 12-thousand votes.

Owens pushed back against national debate over whether Ossoff ran a too progressive campaign or a too moderate campaign. But Trump won the district by only 1.5 percentage points in 2016, and his national approval rating now stands below 40 percent.

Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters.

"The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans", says the spot. Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated.

"It also suggests that attacks tying more centrist Democrats to the national party, particularly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, can still prove effective".

That did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, urging voters to support Handel before the election and celebrating her victory afterward.