Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

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"Karen Handel won in a Republican district that was drawn for a Republican to win", Johnson told Elliot. During Wednesday's caucus meeting, Pelosi reportedly stressed to her fellow lawmakers that while the results have been disappointing, the party was making headway in districts that have been largely Republican-controlled for years.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is interviewed by news organizations as he campaigns for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Chamblee.

For Republicans, Handel's win had to offer some reassurance in Washington.

In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump congratulated Handel and said "we are all very proud of you!"

President Donald Trump dealt Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with what only be described as a backhanded compliment on Thursday, saying the Democratic member of Congress is actually good for the Republican party.

A similar strategy also failed in South Carolina's Congressional 5th District, leaving questions about the Democratic parties strategy with midterms less than two years away.

The party has fallen short this year in elections in Kansas and Montana, and it is expected to lose another race on Tuesday in SC.

"The public is a lot smarter than people give them credit for", Bloomberg added. "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", he tweeted, apparently believing that there had been a fifth race.

Moreover, the race garnered the attention of the entire nation, including the likes of President Donald Trump.

Especially in a constituency like Georgia, which has been in Republican hands since 1979. "And I think Republicans are just doing a much better job of that right now".

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. "There will be 435 Congressional races on the ballot in 2018". She's a favorite foil of Republicans, and ads like these blanketed the Atlanta media market in the lead-up to Tuesday's election. "And we will fight". Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".

"Business as usual isn't working", congressman Seth Moulton said on Twitter.

Representative Tim Ryan, a Democratic congressman from OH who has been an outspoken critic of his party's messaging and platform, perfectly summed up Americans' feelings towards Democrats.

Republicans have held the seat since 1979.

As the map stands now, Democrats arguably don't need to take a win in Georgia to take back control of the House for the first time since 2010. "We know how to run against a Nancy Pelosi-run party".

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