A victory for party, not Trump

by Abel Hampton June 23, 2017, 0:56

It would not have been a crucial blow to Trump if Ossoff had won in Georgia, and it's not a devastating blow to Democrats that, despite raising $25 million, he couldn't win in a heavily Republican district. While Handel defeated Ossoff by about 10,000 votes and almost 4 percentage points, Republican outside groups had to spend $18 million defending a district where the party's candidates won easily for decades.

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 the four races for red House districts vacated by Trump nominees, the Republican candidate won but the Democrat performed better than the party's candidate did in 2016.

Special elections have been notoriously unreliable for predicting the results of elections more than a year away.

"All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", Trump wrote on Twitter overnight. The president continues to be seen as standing apart from the Republican Party - Handel, well-known to Georgians as a former secretary of state, was seen as part of a tradition of conservative Republicanism dating back to when Newt Gingrich represented the district.

"They thought the elections last night were going to be a referendum on this president", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday on "Fox and Friends". Handel didn't talk much about Trump on the trail but embraced him as the party's leader and welcomed him to the district if he so chose to go.

"Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told members.

"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.

"What's really important is that Donald Trump has seized the narrative back, that he's doing better with the voters than Democrats think he is", he said.

The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars. After she was re-elected Democratic leader, the Republican National Committee unfurled a banner that read "Hire Pelosi" outside its headquarters. "Just think about what a unified American nation could achieve", he said. "That's no way to build a national party".

Yet if Trump was unpopular in the district, his approval rating, Fallon said, was "6 or 7 points higher" there than his standing nationwide.

Republican lawmakers argue the wins give them added impetus for pushing through a healthcare bill, The Hill reported.

"Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", tweeted Representative Seth Moulton of MA. Intense Democratic grassroots efforts on the ground in Georgia likely made up some of that ground.

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.

"There are plenty of people who have qualms with Trump on one level or another, but are totally willing to stick with him because the Democratic option is just too far left", Todd said.

The political eyes of Texas were closely watching Georgia's special election, with both Texas Democrats and Republicans claiming the election bodes well for them in 2018.


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