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They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi. And for many Democrats that blame fell on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The losses left many Democrats looking for a new way forward to mount an opposition to President Trump.

The race for Georgia's 6th district was the most expensive House race in United States history.

JOE CROWLEY: We're disappointed.

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is getting a great deal of blame from Democrats for this week's special election losses in Georgia and SC, but another former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich said Thursday he hopes she stays right where she is.

Democrats said they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district.

LINDA SANCHEZ: In the previous election, the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points.

Ms Karen Handel with her husband Steve after her election victory on Tuesday. "He's just not one of us", her ads said, and this message was reinforced by tying him to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - and perhaps inadvertently by Ossoff's own promise to "grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the South".

BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss.

Pelosi didn't directly respond to Rice's call, but stressed that now was the time for Democrats to come together.

"It's time for change, and personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem) told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, though he stopped short of explicitly calling for Pelosi's ouster.

"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview. "This is about being able to take the Democratic party in a direction that is actually going to help us win seats and get back into the majority".

"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. That's the most important part. After Handel won, the Times credited the opposition's success in tying Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ossoff lived and worked with the liberals in Washington. "We passed the Affordable Care Act, we passed Dodd-Frank", she added. Republicans. One such ad warned that Ossoff would be a "rubber stamp for Pelosi's agenda".

Several House Democrats believe the GOP playbook of linking Democratic candidates to Pelosi is hurting.

Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey says, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses". "They're anxious about paying the bills".

"She's easy to demonize". We're used to that.

But if that future has yet to arrive, Democrats shouldn't pretend that it has for the sake of appealing to people who hate their party's base.

"It's not about me, it's about my district".

Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival as the vote approached, and signalled that Republican disillusionment about Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on. They need to win 24 seats to take control of the House in 2018.