And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election victories.
Porter and other Democrats ballyhooed their U.S. Senate and gubernatorial nominees in 2014, recruiting a pair of famous Georgia political names and helping them raise millions of dollars to finance credible campaigns.
If Democrats "are going to flip 24 seats nationwide and win back the House in 2018, they must take several seats in California", Sragow and Pyers wrote, adding that Democrats' best hope may be "a tsunami that overwhelms incumbents". Even among Republicans, his approval rating is 72 percent - down 11 points since April.
The President's rally comes after two Republicans won special elections last night in Georgia and SC, giving President Trump a lot to talk about.
Handel's victory allowed Republicans to hold onto a closely contested seat and deny the Democratic Party a chance to chip away at the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to give his opinion on bipartisan legislation and the possibility of working with Democrats on the healthcare vote among other key issues.
"Defeating Republicans in districts that they have traditionally held requires doing something drastically different than establishment Democrats have done before - specifically, running on a bold progressive vision and investing heavily in direct voter contact", said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America.
Handel spoke to FOX 5 Atlanta in an exclusive interview the day after the election.
The California Democrat has always been a bogeywoman Republicans have used to motivate their base and to woo independents as the personification of liberal values and a reminder of why even if they may like their individual member or candidate, a vote for that Democrat would be a step toward putting Pelosi back in the speaker's chair. But it gave Republicans a flawless 4-0 record in special congressional elections held since Trump's inauguration, leaving the party's decisive majority in the House undiminished as Washington steels itself for showdowns on health care and tax reform.
Pelosi said: "Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have".
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.
But for Republicans from the president on down, it was time to celebrate. Though Democrats had had high hopes, in the end, the race turned out somewhat competitive, with Handel winning by 3.8 percentage points. "And everyone pretty much sat in silence and I'd like to think that they were as shocked as I was that they were hearing the spin that was being put on this loss", Rice said. Demos are now 0 for 4 in special elections since 2016.
But Handel's win is expected to energize Republican lawmakers in Washington as they seek to push forward with their repeal of Barack Obama's health care plan as well as tax law overhauls. The Democratic National Committee isn't taking that line though; they'd rather use strong language while bashing Trump.