Republican wins Georgia poll in blow to anti-Trump effort

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2017

Millions were spent in Georgia with ads linking Pelosi to Jon Ossoff, who lost to Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday.

BENNETT: A handful of Democrats pinned the party's loss in Georgia on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. For one thing, Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer, did outperform his district's partisan leanings by six points, according to Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

Ossoff then said that the majority of Handel's outside funding came from Washington, D.C., whereas his funding came largely from California Democrats. You get reliable intelligence and forecasts on more than a dozen factors that affect the economy and are critical to your business and financial success.

Handel thanked President Trump during her victory speech as well as Vice President Mike Pence, demonstrating a Republican party far more solid than anticipated.

"I am also very well aware of another obligation that comes with tonight's decision by the voters, the obligation of being the first Republican woman elected to Congress from the great state of Georgia", Handel said in her victory speech Tuesday night.

"Whether she's a leader or not is up for the (Democratic) caucus to decide", Moulton said.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Democrats have also criticised Republicans for devising their plan behind closed doors and without congressional scrutiny.

"Karen is going to be really incredible", Trump said of the politician who beat Congressional staffer turned documentary filmmaker Jon Osoff in the race to finish out Tom Price's term in Georgia's 16th district. As Dave Weigel wrote in the Washington Post, "The ad strategy, and the campaign visit from Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, have had nearly nothing to say about what Republicans were working on in Washington".

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats are proud of the race they ran and she dispelled a question about stepping down.

The president lauded what he called a 5-0 record in congressional races since his election.

[F] or Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing. "It's not fair or justified, but it's real", McIntosh said, the Times reported. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders insisted that they demonstrated important progress by coming in a close second, and have a good shot at taking back the House in next year's midterm elections.

Pelosi continues to enjoy strong support from other Democrats. Democrats have been chafing in the minority since they were thrust there in 2010 after risky votes in favor of President Barack Obama's initiatives including the Affordable Care Act.

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