Gerrymandering GOP officials across the country have left so few districts in play that to succeed, Democrats must win over Republicans in places like Kansas' 3rd District, which is now represented by Kevin Yoder. "I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special-election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her". "It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team". Ralph Norman (R) defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District, a seat previously held by Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney.
Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.) and Kathleen Rice (N.Y.), two younger Democrats who supported Ryan's bid, echoed that sentiment in interviews on Wednesday.
Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for party leader back in November.
Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message".
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also spoke of the potent tool Pelosi is for Republicans to use against Congressional Democrats. Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election.
While Rice acknowledged the credit Pelosi has been given by her colleagues for being a great fundraiser, Rice noted that the money hasn't helped Democrats win elections.
So the strategy was - as it had been in three prior special elections to fill Republican seats vacated when the incumbents joined Trump's cabinet - was to make the vote a referendum on Trump.
Ossoff then said that the majority of Handel's outside funding came from Washington, D.C., whereas his funding came largely from California Democrats.
I wrote yesterday about how the special counsel's investigation of President Trump now dominates the media and political culture. He raised $23 million to her $4 million in the priciest House race in history.
"If you look at the numbers, these are all seats where just seven months ago (Republicans) won by double digits, and they were nail-biters after Trump takes office", said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
It's no surprise that the Dems tanked, given the inept leadership they have in Congress, especially in the House, where Nancy Pelosi calls the shots as the minority leader. Though Ossoff and Handel both said the race was about them, pols and pundits elsewhere made them proxies in a national battle.
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