Republican Karen Handel won a closely watched special congressional election on Tuesday, salvaging a seat in the traditionally conservative Georgia where Democrats had hoped to strike a blow against Donald Trump's presidency.
Donald Trump congratulated Republican Karen Handel for winning the elections in the Georgia special election and said that Handel would work towards lower taxes, great healthcare, and strong security.
In the well-to-do Atlanta suburbs, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was the focus of torrents of negative advertising in a House race that cost more than $50 million, the most expensive in history.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Ryan-aligned GOP super PAC that spent heavily in Georgia, said its polling showed Pelosi to be one of the most effective attack messages in the race as they tried to undercut Ossoff's portrayal of himself as a noncontroversial moderate. The 6th District seat has been solidly Republican, but Democrat Ossoff got 48 percent in a crowded April 18 election to almost win the seat outright and fuel Democratic optimism about repudiating Trump. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" tweeted Trump, who had publicly backed Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state.
Although CNN hadn't called the race for Handel yet, it was clear the Democrats' candidate had lost.
Republicans, meanwhile, can now breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that they can still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts that often favor Democrats - even with a president who has divided voters in their own party.
"I have to start, first of all, by saying thank you", Handel said to all of her supporters gathered at her elections' headquarters.
"They pick people in safe and tough districts for Democrats to win", Crowley said Wednesday.
We would dispute the first half of that - joining the GOP in passing a profoundly unpopular health care bill, voting for massive give-aways to the rich and banning Muslims from entering the country are no ticket to taking over Congress in next year's midterm elections.
They are so unhappy that Republicans are 5 - 0 in special elections since President Trump took office.
And progressive activists' willingness to pour millions of dollars' worth of small-dollar online contributions into Ossoff's campaign - donations fueled nearly entirely by a desire to deal Trump a political setback - was what convinced Democrats to take the race seriously. Mulvaney, who is a founding member of the far-right Freedom Caucasus of the Republican party, won by landslides in each of his elections.
Handel commended Ossoff and pledged to work for his supporters.