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Republican Karen Handel of Georgia won the most expensive congressional race in history, avoiding a Democratic upset in a race widely seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump.

Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters. Her supporters aggressively linked Ossoff to Pelosi and "San Francisco values", even ticking off Muni with an ad featuring a digitally altered cable auto. And all the focus on whether Nancy Pelosi should stay or go as House minority leader seems largely beside the point. Democrats saw similar double-digit improvements over Hillary Clinton's showing in the year's other special elections: in Montana, Kansas and California, where the GOP got less than 4 percent of the primary vote, trailing six Democrats and a Green. "I'm always open for a conversation", he said. "The honest answer is in some areas of the country, yes, she is", he replied.

Ryan ran for the position of House minority leader last fall but he fell short.

But no. Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss, because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic party we need new leadership", said Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton on CNN. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". "We haven't been talking about these direct economic issues that people are talking about", he said. It was a sign that President Donald Trump's presidency and his failure to enact a legislative agenda is hurting the GOP at the grassroots level, they said.

But Democrats say they are not yet ready to throw in the towel, The Hill noted.

Democrats raised and spent $23 million in favor of Ossoff's bid against former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, and a combined $50 million was spent in the race overall.

"It was probably one of the more disturbing caucus meetings that I've ever been in", added Rice.

There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, 'I'm done.

Pelosi should watch her back. Crowley chairs the House Democratic Caucus, and he says it's important to remember that Democrats in those four races were trying to flip Republican strongholds, districts handpicked by the White House as President Trump tapped members of Congress to serve in his administration.

I wrote yesterday about how the special counsel's investigation of President Trump now dominates the media and political culture.