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This will be a long fight. A Handel loss would likely have been seen as not only a referendum on Mr. Trump, but a referendum on the GOP's progress - or lack thereof - on health care so far this year.

We recently asked you to support our journalism. But nothing that happened should make Republicans feel secure about their hold on the House of Representatives. Some expressed fears about the same tactic being used elsewhere as they aim to take back control of the House in next year's midterms. As a result, Trump, with his vast local unpopularity, was her "greatest handicap".

On Twitter, we saw some instances of those on the left hitting the Democrats and Ossoff for essentially running against Trump rather than providing any real ideas.

"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat, and in their desperate rush to stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fund-raiser and consensus builder", Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, told The New York Times.

In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi.

Mr Trump promised he would win so much, his side would be sick of it - but after the latest win, he was quick to rub his opponents' noses in the smell of defeat.

Behar also criticized Ossoff for failing to move into the district he would have been representing. Did they really agree to this?' Democrats also say Trump's agenda of rolling back Obamacare and revamping the tax code would benefit the wealthy and big businesses while hurting the poor and middle class. "God, no. But I believe he has the country's best interests at heart", said Jessica Podalsky, who voted for Handel on Tuesday morning. When Trump flew to Atlanta to fund-raise for Handel, Democrats gleefully passed around a photo of the two embracing. Ayres put the matter diplomatically: "The president structured the broader environment but didn't determine the outcome of this particular race". Georgia's Sixth District is purple only if you scrunch your eyes just so. "It's not enough to dislike Trump".

Pelosi doubted Trump wrote what she deemed a classic Republican Party talking point. Veteran GOP ad-maker Brad Todd says that's because the San Francisco congresswoman is the personification of the liberal values they can't stomach.

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history. Pelosi has been facing questions about her leadership since Democrats lost the hard-fought race.

But here's the thing - Ossoff didn't make the election about the president.

Democrats celebrated the fact that they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district. Would the existence of such a message have won Ossoff this race?

Karen Handel's victory over Ossoff in Georgia cemented the reality that Donald Trump's impact is NOT going away and Democrats will have to re-assess their strategies. Sure. Does this mean that Trump and the GOP are out of the woods?


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