Handel becomes the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in Congress. Ossoff becomes the latest Democrat to run a widely complemented campaign in a Republican-leaning state, yet still lose. The hope for Democrat Jon Ossoff who was beaten by Republican Karen Handel was President Donald Trump.
But he also called Tuesday's tight races a moral victory, remaining optimistic about the chances of Democrats in 2018.
Democrats are wondering if is time to ditch Nancy Pelosi as their leader after suffering a stinging defeat Tuesday night in the special election for a congressional seat in Georgia.
"The Democrats have lost three elections", she said.
In a post Wednesday afternoon, the 71-year-old "Believe" singer said that unlike the Olympics, there are "no medals" given to second-place finishers in congressional elections.
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"I think our leadership owes an explanation of what happened, how resources were spent, but also a plan going forward", Moulton said yesterday.
"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them", she said.
While both campaigns disavowed the ad's content, Moms Demand Action and Everytown condemned it, saying it was "disgusting to politicize this national tragedy and use it to get voters to the polls". "That's no way to build a national party". "[.] I'm not looking at this as a loss, I'm looking at it as slow progress". But for now they said a different approach would rest on the party message - not Pelosi.
"It would be a handsome, attractive thing, if we could get together as two parties for our country", Mr. Trump said. After all, this affluent district is a traditional Republican stronghold that Price easily won in November by 23 percentage points, and that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held for 20 years. Intense Democratic grassroots efforts on the ground in Georgia likely made up some of that ground.
CNN's Don Lemon asked Ryan to explain his statement earlier that day that the Democratic party brand is "toxic" to many Americans. Despite spending more than $30 million, Ossoff lost the district by a wider margin than Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.