What the Georgia special election may mean to Democrats and Republicans

Posted June 23, 2017

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently refrained from taking on the president as he tried to win over centrist voters.

Democrats need to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader if they are going to win future elections, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC. We could, for example, focus on the fact that Democrats went all out to win Georgia's special election, hoping to use it as a national referendum, and came up short.

"Although it's true Democrats have agonizingly yet to capture a red district, they have outperformed their "generic" share of the vote significantly in every contest", he wrote.

Tuesday was a triumphant night for Republicans, winning 4 of 5 special elections, including the most expensive House race in US history. "We all have a lot of anger towards what Donald Trump is doing, but we've had four special elections, and Donald Trump, four, Democrats, zero", Ryan said.

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already hard day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats.

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, retaining a seat that has been in GOP hands since 1979 after a grueling, four-month campaign that earned the distinction of being the most expensive House race in history.

Aboard Air Force One Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Handel's win was proof "the American people are resonating with the president's agenda" and want to see his it enacted. The analysis turned up no employees or professors at those same schools donating to Ossoff's opponent, Republican Karen Handel. "That's one of the places that solar really does work", Trump said, noting the hot climate in the southwest, where a border wall would primarily be built. Republican Ralph Norman won the seat formerly held by Mick Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget. Ryan said that is a strategy that has worked for Republicans for 10 years.

According to Atlantic monthly, "Compared with November's results, the GOP margins of victory declined from almost 16 points to 6 in Montana, 23 points to less than 4 in Georgia, 21 points to 3 in SC, and 31 to about 7 in Kansas.

According to a report in The Hill, Democratic leadership has come under intense criticism by the rank-and-file for Ossoff's loss to Handel.

Pelosi has represented her San Francisco area district in the House since 1988 and has been the top House Democrat since 2006, when she was elected House majority leader. Democrats are left to wonder whether they should have poured resources into the SC race instead.