Elections not so special for Democrats

Blake Casey
June 23, 2017

On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted a similar message suggesting the special election losses should make Democrats work with Republicans on legislation rather than resist their agenda. While Handel defeated Ossoff by about 10,000 votes and almost 4 percentage points, Republican outside groups had to spend $18 million defending a district where the party's candidates won easily for decades.

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members.

"Nothing preps you for next election more than concluding your team is too virtuous to win & voters are too evil or dumb to see the truth", tweeted Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review. In another tweet, Trump also congratulated Republican Ralph Norman, who won a special congressional election in SC.

Democrats are, well, blue because a loss is a loss. I don't understand why more attention hasn't been focused on his incredible showing. We need to learn from that.

"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said.

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday, Rep. Tim Ryan criticized his party's brand, their outreach to voters and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC.

Trump's election as president had papered over the intraparty disputes and generational divides among House Democrats, as lawmakers joined in opposing the White House and trying to channel the energy of their party's liberal base.

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"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader, my leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say", Pelosi said at the press conference. "Time to move forward and win again". Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by about 5 percentage points.

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

Republicans can also now breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that they can still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts that often favor Democrats - even with a president who has divided voters in their own party. Alyssa Milano aptly described Democrats' perception of this election when she stated the following. Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year.

Just as Democrats accused Republicans of being sexist and racist for not electing Hillary Clinton last November, that seems to be the go-to excuse now.

Representative Ben Ray Lujan, head of the Democrats' House campaign committee, said in a memo that polls showed a handful of Republican incumbents are facing tough races and that dozens of districts were winnable for Democrats.

"I really think their involvement was the difference maker", Salvesen, 52, said.

Spending on the race reached at least $57 million, almost twice the previous record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics watchdog group.