An examination of all the special elections shows that the Democrats have added to Hillary Clinton's gains in well-educated districts and even won over some white working-class voters, which the former Democratic candidate struggled with, Vox reported.
The Twitter-verse isn't generally a friendly place, but the barrage of tweets following Republican Karen Handel's Tuesday victory in the much-watched Georgia congressional race were especially untoward - with much of the heat directed at conservatives. These folk didn't enthusiastically mark their ballots for the reality TV star previous year, but instead chose the Republican candidate for some other reason.
It would be understandable if Republicans took this victory-the fourth in as many special congressional elections this year-as an opportunity to celebrate. After four special elections nationwide, Democrats still haven't won any seats. Many in 2018 will be more under-the-radar contests, like the SC race and the one in Kansas to replace Mike Pompeo, the Republican congressman selected by Trump to be Central Intelligence Agency director.
But it was a demoralizing blow to Democrats hoping Georgia would be a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
The special election runoff had a 58 percent voter turnout, with just under 260,000 of the district's almost 448,000 registered voters casting ballots.
But its characteristics on paper - namely the fact that President Donald Trump won here by less than 2 points last fall and that it's a well-educated area - will keep it competitive, one GOP aide said. "They didn't stand on the right side of history", Congressional District 6 resident Byanti Joseph told Rewire after Ossoff's concession speech.
While Democrats are unlikely to take any advice offered by the president, several have called for new strategies following Ossoff's loss. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future". A loss could have meant that Republicans who are sick of Congress retire rather than run for reelection and risk losing.
"This is not the outcome we were looking for, but this is the beginning of something bigger than us", said Ossoff to his supporters following defeat.
Republicans can also 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.
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