Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts), tweeted that Ossoff's loss "better be a wake up call for Democrats" to look ahead, not backwards. "It's clear, that I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership". The GOP has now won all four special House elections (Kansas, Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina) after incumbents took jobs with Trump. In the process, the election became about seemingly everything except the 6th District of Georgia. As much as $50 million was spent by both sides to seek victory, but only Handel walked away with the congressional seat.
Congressional Democrats have accused Republicans of shutting them out of the debate over issues such as healthcare and taxes. And control of the House of Representatives could still be in play in the 2018 midterm elections. "One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters".
But now, after a string of disappointments, those divisions have re-emerged, though Pelosi appears unlikely to face an immediate challenge.
"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", said House Speaker Paul Ryan after Tuesday's election.
Chris Krueger, an analyst at Cowen Washington Research Group, said in a note that Tuesday's wins mean "on health care, it likely makes GOP less nervous despite the AHCA polling worse than TARP", also known as the bank bailouts. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet".
After that win and the win in South Carolina, Trump said his party is "5 and 0" when it comes to special elections. Debbie Dingell of MI.
But all is not necessarily lost for Democrats.
A district that has been sending Republicans to Washington for almost four decades sent another one to our federal city on Tuesday. Instead of belting country singer Merle Haggard's rendition of "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again", they were belting the late Dean Martin's version of "Red Roses for A Blue Lady".
"The president's numbers are in the thirties and our base is energized", she wrote. "We must now put forth our message".
GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Democrats have racked up defeats in Kansas, Montana and, as of last night, SC and Georgia. None of the special elections in Georgia previous year had more than a 15 percent voter turnout rate. Others say his loss proves that an anti-Trump message is not enough.