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They argued that the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's loss in the Republican held House seat in the Atlanta suburbs was further evidence that the party needed both a new message and messenger.

She won over most or all of the 13 percent of Republicans who in the early June poll had said they would vote for or leaned toward liberal progressive Democrat Ossoff, a 30-year-old political novice versus Handel, 55, former Georgia secretary of state. She touts traditional supply side economics, going so far as to say during one debate that she does "not support a living wage" - her way of explaining her opposition to a minimum-wage increase.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Karen Handel following her victory, stating that "we are all very proud of you".

Handel's margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what's being recognized as the most expensive House race in U.S history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.

"Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th". "The public has spoken whether you like the results or not".

The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

About four hours by vehicle from Atlanta, South Carolina's fifth congressional district was not considered a competitive race for Democrats.

Despite national fervor and grassroots activism that have sprung up on the left since President Trump took office, Republicans have swept all four special election races in 2017.

Furious at their loss in yet another Trump-era special election, Democrats are calling for the head of.

Olsen's takeaway from the four GOP victories: "There is nothing that has moved the core Trump voter one iota".

Hammering home his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", Trump reprised his key campaign themes: defending American borders, repealing the Obamacare "disaster", promising record tax cuts - and touting "the fantastic progress that we have already made".

The president also praised his administration's succession from the Paris climate accord, job growth, new policy on Cuba, and appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, while criticizing the "fake news" outlets for not giving him credit for his accomplishments.

"It would be a handsome, lovely thing, if we could get together as two parties for our country", Mr. Trump said. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District".

"We're still going to be on the defense in November of 2018", with Trump a likely "liability", he added. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump only beat Hillary Clinton in that district by 1.5 percent.

Rice's sentiment was echoed by other House Democrats in recent months including Reps.

Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the Republicans. Ossoff spent an unprecedented $23.6 million in his runoff campaign against Republican Karen Handel, who raised $4.5 million. "And we will fight".

The lesson for Democrats is that anti-Trumpism is not enough, at least not at this point.

"Race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working".

The battle to win the seat left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, smashed House race spending records.

Republicans have held the seat since 1979.

Heading into the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to take back the majority.