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Karen Handel and her husband Steve take the podium for her victory speech at her election night party on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.

More than $50 million was spent on the race, which made it the most expensive congressional election in history.

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker. The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts 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.

"She was able to use the president's support", said Robinson.

Democratic operative Ron Klain asserted that his party had put too much expectation on winning the special elections, noting that they were all held in historically conservative areas.

Each of the special elections so far have also come with their quirks: For instance, Georgia 6 had a very high turnout and tens of millions of dollars invested by each party, whereas SC 5 had a much lower turnout and very little investment.

Democrats had been hoping to make inroads with many of those in the group termed reluctant Trump voters. The 6th District seat has been solidly Republican, but Democrat Ossoff got 48 percent in a crowded April 18 election to almost win the seat outright and fuel Democratic optimism about repudiating Trump. According to, the two major outside spenders were the Congressional Leadership Fund, which spent over $6.5 million backing Handel, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which spent $6.7 million. Still, Ossoff's loss may force Democrats to retool their strategy as they look ahead to next year's midterm elections, when all of the seats in House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins past year.

But it is my guess that many of those complaining about his campaign message had no idea what he was actually saying these past few months.

She also detailed another incident: She woke up one morning last week to find the Handel sign in the lawn across the street from her house removed - and replaced with a dozen Ossoff placards. The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018".

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