"One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters", Ryan said. The two candidates together had spent more money on this campaign than on any other House contest in USA history, over US$50 million.
The political number-crunchers have produced a variety of analyses of the results in the recent special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC in an attempt to quantify the two parties' strength in the Trump era.
Moreover, Republican incumbents won 15 of these 18 seats by double-digit margins in 2016 despite the local Trump undertow. Mitt Romney, by comparison, easily won the district by 23 points just four years earlier. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to 37 percent in 2012; Trump won it by only a 48.3-46.8 percent margin a year ago.
Ossoff didn't lose because President Trump is popular in Georgia's Sixth District. Ossoff's age created a buzz and a political story of promise, which helped propel him into the runoff but didn't deliver him the big finish. "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". Turnout was extraordinarily high for a special election: more than 259,000 people voted, compared with the 331,000 who voted in the presidential election. Almost 260,000 people voted on Tuesday, or about 58 percent of the district's registered voters. But in every single Georgia district, 124,893 votes would have represented more than half of the total votes cast. The president hailed the sweep as a victory, saying this at a Wednesday rally in Iowa: "The truth is, people love us".
His remarks came after the USA president confirmed that he will be holding his first-ever re-election campaign at the Trump International in Washington on Wednesday.
She dismissed the members who have said it is time for a change as "blatantly self-serving" and "having fun on TV". Millions were spent on both sides - tons of money coming via liberal California in support of Democrat Jon Ossoff who was essentially hand picked by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. The former Georgia secretary of state noted Ossoff's inexperience while highlighting her own years of public service.
Depending on what happens between now and then, Democrats who are angry now could be gloating then.
At minimum, their common sense on issues have to be challenged directly in ways that incentivize them to go from being opposed to Democrats to being open to voting for them.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. The 2010 redistricting resulted in gerrymandered districts that largely favor Republicans. Most polls had her closely trailing Ossoff up until the final hours before the election. Ryan lost a bid to replace Pelosi as the top elected Democrat in the House in November.
The only way for Democrats to become more politically relevant is for them to win seats now held by Republicans.
She told reporters on Friday that she is confident that she retains support among her fellow Democrats. The next presidential election is still a few years away, incumbent presidents are traditionally hard to defeat, Trump has thus far retained his popularity with most of his core supporters, and voter opinion is often swayed by last minute pre-election conditions and events. One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi.
"The Democrats actually are competitive when they talk about Medicare, college tuition, wages", Watters said.
Jill Nolin covers the Georgia Statehouse for CNHI's newspapers and websites.style="text-align: center;"