The race for the 6th - a district made up of northern Atlanta suburbs - turned into the most expensive House race in history, with more than $50 million spent by both parties and super PACs. She won 52 percent of the vote to Trump's 48 percent last fall.
In fact, in all four special elections - including a surprisingly close race in SC also on Tuesday - Democrats outperformed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they really only tried hard in one of them (Georgia). In the aftermath of the Ossoff loss, quite a few Democrats have reached the conclusion that they need more of a message than just positioning themselves as anti-Trump or continuing to bang on about Russian Federation, the Washington Post and other news outlets have reported. That makes the party 0-for-4 in this year's races for Republican-held congressional seats.
Many rank-and-file Democrats were not having it.
The Massachusetts lawmaker added that Democrats "need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent".
Democrats came close but still lost two other contested special elections earlier this year for Republican-held seats in conservative Kansas and Montana, and the outcomes in Georgia and SC could put a crimp in the party's fundraising and candidate recruitment.
"We're not focusing on the economic messages".
The loss also renewed the focus on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonized by the GOP side in the Georgia race.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also reignited the tax reform debate Tuesday with a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers, a speech Valliere said shows the push for lower taxes rates is "stirring" in Washington. It's time for new leadership.
But while Republicans were facing a sobering reminder of their president's poor approval ratings, Handel steadied the ship in a district that only narrowly backed Trump in last November's vote.
Trump was quick to celebrate the Georgia win and accused Democrats of standing in the way of a legislative agenda bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election. If anti-Trump sentiment is going to work in Democrats' favor, they should have seen a better result in Georgia.
There have been five special elections for congressional seats since the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, if Ossoff had won, Democrats would have been even more emboldened.
Put on defense, House Democratic leaders from Pelosi on down tried to spin the outcome in Georgia as positive, arguing that coming in a close second in the solidly Republican district augured well for their chances of taking back the House next year. They could go to donors and say, "We bought a seat in a Republican district with a hipster dufus candidate, who got trolled into getting engaged". Moulton yesterday endorsed eight military veteran congressional candidates in races across the country, some of whom immediately took up Moulton's messaging for change.
Spending on the Georgia race reached at least $57 million, almost twice the previous record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics watchdog group.