Democrats struggle for right strategy after special election losses

Karen Handel

"It's so bad that it gets people out of their homes to go vote", Democratic political consultant Lachlan McIntosh told The Post.

The interesting thing about Mr. Parnell's race is that the Democratic Party did not pour in money and resources to help him.

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already hard day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats.

But this is sure to spark soul-searching in a party that is shut out of power in Washington and has steadily lost influence at the state level in recent years.

Democrats still managed narrower margins than usual in all four districts, and they hope that bodes well for next year's midterms. "We may have some different beliefs, but we are apart of one community... the community of the 6th district.", stated Handel during her victory speech. Democrats need to net 24 seats to win back the House.

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The final tally is still being calculated but the election blew past spending records to become the most expensive House race in USA history. He followed that up with a Wednesday morning memo, declaring, "The House is in play". He praised Ossoff's efforts to mobilize the base and persuade independents and moderate Republicans.

"I hope they keep Nancy for 10 more years".

In Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Democrats spent over $20 million with millions more pouring in from outside groups. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent.

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently refrained from taking on the president as he tried to win over centrist voters.

"A lot of Democrats are exhausted of her and exhausted of defending her", said political analyst Larry Sabato.

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It's true Trump isn't wildly popular here, and Handel and her campaign underwhelmed some Republicans.

"We don't agonize, we organize", she added.

Just as Democrats accused Republicans of being sexist and racist for not electing Hillary Clinton last November, that seems to be the go-to excuse now.

The special election for the sixth district of Georgia sought replacement of Tom Price - Trump's current Secretary of Health - in the House of Representatives.

In 2010, when she was seeking the state's Republican gubernatorial nomination, Handel laughed when asked whether she supports marriage equality. Lake, the GOP consultant, predicted Handel would face a primary but she'd easily dispatch her challengers.

Podhoretz: GOP Dodged a Bullet in Georgia Race
Notice those words: "relentlessly localized". "Thank God she was leading the House of Representatives during the passage of that". Democrats invested millions in the costliest House race, but Republican Karen Handel beat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday.

Especially in a constituency like Georgia, which has been in Republican hands since 1979. Donald Trump won that district by 18 points and it was not expected to be close. Jon Ossoff was a real long shot.

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