But in the end, the Georgia contest represented yet another election in which the Democratic candidate either led or was tied in public polls - and was overtaken by the Republican when all the votes were counted.
She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads".
"We're not focusing on the economic messages". Or - no, be more moderate where you need to be.
"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC. An examination of all the special elections shows that the Democrats have added to Hillary Clinton's gains in well-educated districts and even won over some white working-class voters, which the former Democratic candidate struggled with, Vox reported. "We've got a lot of energy in our base, which is very exciting for a lot of us to see that on the ground, but you've got to beat the Republican and you've got to carry this very toxic Democratic brand on your back, too". She didn't call for Pelosi's immediate ouster, but said that she hopes Pelosi will ultimately decide not to run for another term as the top Democratic leader in the next Congress and several others emerge as alternatives to lead the caucus. "Obstruction doesn't work!" he said.
"They took a special election and blew it out of proportion", said David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University.
Ossoff told his supporters: "The fight goes on".
Yet if Trump was unpopular in the district, his approval rating, Fallon said, was "6 or 7 points higher" there than his standing nationwide.
Moreover, Republican incumbents won 15 of these 18 seats by double-digit margins in 2016 despite the local Trump undertow. Some expressed fears about the same tactic being used elsewhere as they aim to take back control of the House in next year's midterms.
He also drew a similarity between the media reaction in the presidential election and last night's election, claiming that the "vicious" media reaction to Trump only fueled his fire and the same for Handel.
"She was able to use the president's support", said Robinson. She pointed voters instead to her "proven conservative record" as a state and local elected official. She also welcomed a parade of national GOP figures to Atlanta to help her raise money, with Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence holding fundraisers following Trump's April visit. It's unclear how much a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice on June 14 might have impacted the race. However, with such strong existing support for the incumbent Republican candidate, it was always going to be hard to overthrow the established status quo.
And so the score stands, GOP 4, Dems 0. Handel supported the GOP House version, the American Health Care Act, while Ossoff opposed it.
Lawmakers are expected to release a draft of the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday, but aren't likely to vote on the legislation until next week.
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