The losses aren't all doom and gloom for Democrats.
The New York Republican noted that Trump narrowly won the Georgia district past year and that with a 4-point margin of victory on Tuesday Handel had "doubled" Trump's margin of victory.
After scoring their latest victories, Republicans were spiking the football. The district has been a Democratic graveyard since the Carter administration.
The Georgia race effectively had become a national battle, with Democrats pumping millions behind Ossoff and eager to cast a victory as a referendum on Trump.
In other words, in the realm of spin, appearances, and momentum, a Handel win is a huge victory for the White House. Trump is not the Galactic Emperor, and they are not the plucky rebels flying their X-wing fighters, The Trump is evil narrative is not going to win elections.
There have been five special congressional elections so far this year, and in the four races where Republicans ran against Democrats, Republicans have won all four. "But instinctually, this hurts, because it was about more than a single seat", Bonier said.
Supporters react as election results for Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat Karen Handel are shown on a television during an election-night. "But these decisions aren't always made based on logic alone". "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0" he wrote on Twitter. The real point is that after Tuesday night, Democrats are right back to where they were in November. "The fight to defeat President Trump's and the Republican majority's extreme agenda is more important than ever", he said. But taking a step back, there's a silver lining for the party that's come up short: if Democrats can seriously compete in red districts in red states like these, they can seriously compete nearly anywhere.
I'm reading a lot of complaints about the Ossoff campaign this morning.
Democracy for America chair Jim Dean blasted the Democratic establishment's "unforced errors". The Republican earned 49 percent of support among registered voters in the average, compared to Ossoff's 48.8 percent.
Like Robinson, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson believes Ossoff ran a good campaign, but in the end, he believes the district was just too conservative for a Democrat to win. By contrast, in 2016, Mulvaney carried the district by 20 points and Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 18.5 points. "This race proves Republicans have no reason to be defensive as a result of Obamacare's demise, it shows Republicans have nothing to hide from in the age of Trump and it signifies that nothing about the current faux-scandal-ridden environment has produced a downdraft for Republicans".
Thank you @FoxNews "Huge win for President Trump and GOP in Georgia Congressional Special Election".
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