Democratic Losses in Special Elections

CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HANDEL'S FIRST NAME TO KAREN- Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday

Tim Ryan criticized his fellow Democrats Wednesday night for being "obsessed" with President Trump and not focusing on the issues that actually matter to working people.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, walks offstage after speaking at an election night party for Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District Jon Ossoff in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated".

In a letter to her colleagues on Wednesday about the special elections, Pelosi maintained an upbeat tone.

"All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", Trump wrote on Twitter overnight. Republicans have won all four of the four special elections that have been held under President Trump.

But despite the string of losses in special elections, some Democrats said there were reasons to be encouraged. And when you hear Republicans talk in the gym or running around the House floor, they say, you know, just keep going the way you're going because we're still using this. After all, he said, Democrats appeared to be more energized, had a bigger army of volunteers and outspent the GOP roughly $32 million to $23 million in what was the most expensive House race in USA history.

"When asked, over 60 percent of voters preferred a congressman who would work with Paul Ryan, while only 28 percent chose Nancy Pelosi", CLF executive director Corry Bliss wrote in a memo on Wednesday morning. And then she continued: "At some point we have to be willing to say that yes, lots of conservative voters are hateful and willing to embrace bigots".

Handel staved off the young enthusiastic Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, in a runoff to become the first Republican woman ever elected by Georgia voters to head to Congress.

"Just think about what a unified American nation could achieve", the President said.

The Democratic flub may well reinforce Washington's Republican-ruled status quo, starting with the health care deform that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is crafting under cover of darkness. "That's no way to build a national party".

The Democratic Party's charged debate about whether it needs a new generation of leaders included a new voice on Thursday: President Trump. However, the focus of those celebrity endorsements was likely the demographic of 18 to 24-year-olds, who may have less experience looking for a job and more interest in the social justice focus of Clinton's platform.

The election was held to fill the seat vacated by Mr Tom Price after he was appointed secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Probably not. Did Georgia make Republicans feel better and Democrats worse?

One thing most everyone could agree on: Coming in second doesn't cut it now and wouldn't be an outcome to celebrate next November.

When the astonishingly awful health plan is finally made public and people watch their parents, children, siblings and friends be denied health care, and when they experience the full horror of President Trump's foreign policy, Democrats will win in district after district, if they do the groundwork that is always necessary to win elections.

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