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"This is good news for us", she said. Over the course of three elections, the Democrats only managed to net one extra seat.

The win in Georgia also could strengthen the political will of Republicans in Congress evaluating their next steps on a tax package and what opinion polls show is a deeply unpopular replacement of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. "And you can't get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold".

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".

'I don't think it's fair, ' Ryan told Don Lemon.

"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat and in their desperate rush to keep stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fundraiser and consensus-builder", Hammill added, according to NbC News.

Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas. He followed that up with a Wednesday morning memo, declaring, "The House is in play". Though Ossoff and Handel both said the race was about them, pols and pundits elsewhere made them proxies in a national battle. He praised Ossoff's efforts to mobilize the base and persuade independents and moderate Republicans.

Karen Handel is the newly elected member of United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th congressional district. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent.

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Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday, where Republican Ralph Norman prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Mr Trump's budget director.

Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, "I think we can win back the House, I really believe that". Plus, in a year and a half, she'll have the added baggage of a congressional voting record.

However, she went on to admit, "a loss is a loss". "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! VOTE TODAY", Trump then tweeted. It was a sign that President Donald Trump's presidency and his failure to enact a legislative agenda is hurting the GOP at the grassroots level, they said.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands. They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi. That notoriety should help her campaign start replenishing its coffers.

LINDA SANCHEZ: In the previous election, the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points. "Karen Handel becomes 1st Woman Rep GA has sent to Congress", Donald Jr.

"What was the Democratic message?" he asked.