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Democrats Search For Silver Lining After Narrowly Losing Georgia Election

22 Juin 2017

Her victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring.

Democrats, on the other hand, were split between downplaying the loss as a moral victory because they closed the gap in a red district, expressing disappointment and blaming the loss on Ossoff's candidacy. "And Archie is talking about taxes, prescription drugs, Social Security, which are important to Democrats, independents and Republicans in this community".

Each of the special elections so far have also come with their quirks: For instance, Georgia 6 had a very high turnout and tens of millions of dollars invested by each party, whereas SC 5 had a much lower turnout and very little investment. After the most expensive congressional race in history, largely from the Democrats' cash infusions, Ossoff called for campaign finance reform.

She says Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them".

BENNETT: A handful of Democrats pinned the party's loss in Georgia on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The election between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel was just the latest in a string of special elections prompted by vacancies left by members of Congress who were nominated to President Trump's cabinet. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future", tweeted Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. It hurts. It's painful, but we've got to get our act together because there's a lot of people relying on us.

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"I think, in part, we try to slice the electorate up. That's no way to build a national party".

The young Democrat received 8.9 times as many many donors from California than from any other state in the union, including all of the totals from Georgia itself. We need to figure out the strategy.

The former representative in the Georgia district, Tom Price, resigned to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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. Intense Democratic grassroots efforts on the ground in Georgia likely made up some of that ground.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, expressed optimism that Democrats can still take control of Congress' lower chamber next year, declaring, "The House is in play".

Jon Ossoff (right) is now a candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election.