US Democrats look to future after dispiriting loss in Georgia election

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While any cross-aisle dealings appear unlikely, Trump's positions some of his key agenda items appear to be strengthened by victories in the Georgia and SC special elections Tuesday night.

"We will continue to have internal debates over President Trump's executive actions, legislative proposal, and more than anything else, healthcare reform", he said.

Democrats have now lost all four opportunities to win in special elections so far this year, following earlier losses in Republican-held districts in Kansas and Montana. "And when you hear Republicans talk in the gym or running around the House floor, they say, you know, 'Just keep going the way you're going because we're still using this, '" Ryan told CNN Wednesday night, referring to the GOP's use of Pelosi as a bogeyman in its messaging.

Republicans won two seats in the U.S. House late Tuesday, defeating Democrats in SC and also in the most expensive U.S. House race in history, Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game, and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working.

Frustrated Democrats pondered the party's future and questioned its campaign messaging on Wednesday after a demoralizing defeat in a Georgia congressional race widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's young administration.

While there are many people who believe Democrats need to run for something, the Republican's 2010 campaign suggests Democrats can run against something.

Ossoff then said that the majority of Handel's outside funding came from Washington, D.C., whereas his funding came largely from California Democrats. We need to figure out the strategy.

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The bill would fail if three Republican senators vote no, and at least five have publicly expressed their opposition. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, told reporters the effort to get to 50 votes was "fluid" but maintained a degree of hope.

Let the Monday morning quarterbacking begin in the wake of a Republican victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Democrats celebrated the fact that they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district.

Republicans and Democrats when in control tend to draw districts to favor party candidates, he said.

Ossoff told his supporters: "The fight goes on".

It certainly would have led to a fundraising boom for Democrats, for the Democratic National Committee, for the House Democratic campaign arm, for liberal groups and for Democratic congressional candidates.

Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant and Handel strategist, underscored her success in turning the contest into a normal partisan choice. She did so because she opposed Handel's views on social issues, she said, and she wanted to send a message to Trump.

It was enough to help Handel raise more than $5 million, not a paltry sum in a congressional race, but only about a fifth of Ossoff's fundraising haul. But nothing that happened should make Republicans feel secure about their hold on the House of Representatives. I think it's time for a new generation of leadership.

On policy, Handel mostly echoes the GOP line. Advocates of the health-care-heavy approach would say the results would have been different had Ossoff concentrated even more intensely on the GOP's plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

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