The election will not significantly change the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress. Democrats on Tuesday also lost a special election in neighboring SC, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump's budget director. Democrats have been chafing in the minority since they were thrust there in 2010 after risky votes in favor of President Barack Obama's initiatives including the Affordable Care Act.
The Georgia loss sparked a quick reaction from Democrats. "We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent".
SETH MOULTON: Look. I think the Democratic Party has to come to terms with the fact that what we're doing isn't working, and it's time for some change. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power.
On Wednesday, a small group of Democrats urged Pelosi to step down as House Minority Leader, The New York Times reported. Ossoff is a fairly milquetoast centrist Democrat, but in our political polarized era, simply having a "D" next to one's name means, for Republican voters, that you're basically a dirty hippie. "It's time for a new generation of leadership".
Former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), said Ossoff's loss was "tough", but Democrats, "can and will do better in 2018".
With Republican Karen Handel's win comes a historic moment for the Georgia delegation: the state's first Republican woman representative to be elected to Congress.
The Georgia race was seen by many as an early referendum on Trump.
"Privately, Democratic strategists said even before the votes were counted Tuesday that Ossoff's civility campaign would be mirrored only in more Republican-leaning districts, and that a more aggressive anti-Trump campaign would be waged by candidates in longtime swing districts", he writes.
Democratic candidate Archie Parnell's June 20 special election was overshadowed by the election in Georgia. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins a year ago.
"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". Granted, as late as mid-June, 57 percent of the voters in a Abt Associates-AJC poll had an unfavorable opinion of President Donald Trump, who had won the previously solid 6th District by a scant 1.5 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. There should be an emphasis on competing across the country, and that the question isn't if they will gain seats in 2018 but will they gain enough to take back the majority.