After Karen Handel victory, GOP celebrating, Dems searching

Friday, 23 Jun, 2017

And control of the House of Representatives could still be in play in the 2018 midterm elections.

Overall, Wasserman found, Democrats outperformed the voting tendencies of their districts by 8 percentage points in this year's special elections, a good omen for 2018 even if they did not win a single one of the open seats.

The nearest Republican was Georgia's former secretary of state Handel with just 19.8 per cent - but in a field split by numerous party's candidates. Ossoff received more donations from seven other states than he did from Georgia.

BENNETT: That's New York Congressman Joe Crowley.

I'm not going to lie: I'm not surprised by Tuesday night's result in Georgia's 6 Congressional District election, but I am gutted by it.

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.

With the support of a notoriously republican district and of President Trump, Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by over 12-thousand votes.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also reignited the tax reform debate Tuesday with a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers, a speech Valliere said shows the push for lower taxes rates is "stirring" in Washington.

Ms Karen Handel with her husband Steve after her election victory on Tuesday. There, they fared better than most observers had foreseen.

BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss. "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats".

"I know it's easy to feel disappointed and defeated", Lujan said in a video message to Democrats.

She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble". Moulton is a 38-year-old Iraq war veteran elected to Congress in 2014. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" You're responsible for everything your platoon does or fails to do.

"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party". That's the most important part.

"Clearly, we're coming off an election, and she's been getting pounded now for 10 years with negative ads from the Republicans".

For a little over an hour, the President worked to convince the crowd of supporters - some of whom donned "Make America Great Again" hats and held signs - that his administration is making "tremendous progress" back in Washington.

Sam Stein asked her if criticism of Pelosi as an "out of touch San Francisco liberal" was accurate. I'm okay with calling that a moral victory for Ossoff, as the media certainly will. Jon Ossoff was a real long shot. He tried and failed last fall to unseat Pelosi as House minority leader.

BILL PASCRELL: They demonized Nancy in 2010. We're used to that.

That Mr Ossoff came closer to victory than any Democrat for 30 years in a traditionally Republican seat was encouraging for the party, but cold comfort especially after it pumped millions of dollars into his campaign.

But as Democrats are eager to point out, there are many more districts - anywhere from 71 to 94, depending on how it's calculated - that are more competitive than Georgia's 6th District. The Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, barely missed winning a majority against 17 opponents in the April primary.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands.