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"Tonight I stand before you, extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege and high responsibility that you. have given me", Handel told a boisterous crowd that chanted Trump's name.

Pelosi said that would be fine with her.

Ossoff's race against Republican Karen Handel was the most expensive House race in history.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. And anyway, parties don't win the House by winning the 24 (what the Democrats need) easiest seats; they fail to win some with a better partisan balance and pick off a few that look hard going in. "This is a victory for us because it shows we can mobilize people in this district", she added.

The other two special elections conducted this year were held in Montana and Kansas.

Some Democrats have blamed Pelosi for the party's loss in the Georgia special election on Tuesday. "The House remains in play now".

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military.

"We're asking candidates in these deep, red districts to battle the Republican Party", he said. They worked perfectly in Georgia, ' said Gingrich, who used to represent the district in Congress that Ossoff just lost. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent.

In 2016, Tom Price won the 6th District by almost 24 points.

"She consistently polls very unfavorable [and] I think in this instance, it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", John Rogers, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on a post-election phone call. And it could be that Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer, didn't appeal to residents because even though he grew up in the district, he now lives in Atlanta - several miles outside the district.

What do you make of those attacks?

In fact, according to a report in Vox, the main takeaway of the special elections held in 2017 is that the Republicans are in trouble.

Pelosi should watch her back.

"Last night, Karen Handel won it by 4 points, so she doubled his victory margin", King said. Lake, the GOP consultant, predicted Handel would face a primary but she'd easily dispatch her challengers. Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority. She is a great leader.

BENNETT: Democrats see 70 House seats that could be easier to flip than that Georgia district. That notoriety should help her campaign start replenishing its coffers.

Meanwhile, Ossoff's loss came in spite of massive Democratic fundraising.

Democrats have also criticised Republicans for devising their plan behind closed doors and without congressional scrutiny.


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