"She's less popular than Donald Trump in my district", Ryan told CNN's Don Lemon. That doesn't mean Republican and Democratic strategists won't try to take lessons from GA06 and try to apply them to the future.
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.
"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. If their candidate could prevail in a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, the thinking went, they'd be sitting pretty. But it was not to be as Ossoff lost by more than 10,000 votes in the most expensive House election in USA history.
"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party.
But despite all the money, the Democratic Party didn't turn the tables in special elections for house seats vacated by Republicans.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night, Donald Trump made sure to praise the Republican victories, but taking multiple shots at the Democratic Party for allegedly being "obstructionists".
Last night, however, Handel beat Ossoff by 3.8 percent. "Obstruction doesn't work!", President Trump tweeted. All of the seats had been Republican strongholds previously thought untouchable. "Shifts of that magnitude next year would topple many House Republicans holding more marginal seats than these four". Why would Republicans take a chance on alienating the voters who sent them to office? He lost by a almost 4-point margin.
Ossoff was seen to have a 7 percent lead in some surveys recently, but relentless conservative attacks on the former Obama official-linking him to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and even the comedian Kathy Griffin-seemed to galvanize the GOP base.
But Handel's win only buys some breathing room, as Russian Federation investigations, White House intrigue and policy disagreements on Capitol Hill continue to stall the GOP agenda in Washington.
"For my part, I hope the Democrats heed the counsel of Jim Dean of Democracy For America, who says Ossoff and the others lost because they failed to "[run] on a bold progressive vision".
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