High-profile endorsements for the candidates were also abundant: President Donald Trump voiced his support for Handel.
Democrat Jon Ossoff lost a highly contested special election in Georgia's 6th District Tuesday night, dashing the party's hopes of notching their first electoral win since President Donald Trump's election.
Democrats convinced themselves that neophyte politician Jon Ossoff had a chance to win in Georgia's 6th District, which would have seriously hampered Trump's agenda, and so they dumped an unbelievable amount of money into the race - almost enough to buy every Ossoff voter an Apple Watch.
"Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told the rank-and-file in a closed door meeting Wednesday morning, according to Democrats present. "Do you think this is a message to the Democratic Party, nearly like the Hillary-Bernie Sanders divide, that they're going in the wrong direction?"
Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party. He added that 6th District Republicans united against a Democratic candidate many saw as a tool of his national party leaders. First off, he notes that Democrat Archie Parnell, a little-known tax expert, fell just 3 percentage points short in Tuesday night's special congressional election in SC to replace Mick Mulvaney, now Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget. And they point out that even if Georgia's 6th District, which the president only narrowly carried, wasn't Trump Country, it was still a reliably red area that was going to be hard to overcome. "We can't just run against Trump". House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated". And Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., admitted that Democrats can't count on Trump's low approval ratings to win elections. But it's the kind of district Democrats need to win to take back the House.
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's confident she has the support in her caucus despite finger-pointing and frustration after Democrats lost a Georgia special election.
And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance. "They will do this to any and every Democratic leader because the only thing sustaining their majority is desperation", said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesperson.
But for Republicans from the president on down, it was time to celebrate. An inspection of the official Twitter account of the candidate indicates that only one 140-character message from Trump was ever retweeted by the Handel campaign. Veteran GOP ad-maker Brad Todd says that's because the San Francisco congresswoman is the personification of the liberal values they can't stomach.
But with Republicans re-energized after the Georgia win, they're praying she doesn't go anywhere anytime soon. It would have imperiled priorities such as the health-care bill, tax cuts, immigration, and other issues.
Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability.
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