Pelosi has donated a large sum of money to Ossoff, along with the Democratic National Committee which has given more than $2 million to Ossoff's race. Handel will succeed former Rep. Tom Price, whom Trump tapped as his secretary of Health and Human Services earlier this year. The November 2018 midterms are still some 15 months away.
Iowa independents who helped Donald Trump win the presidency see last year's tough-talking candidate as a thin-skinned chief executive and wish he'd show more grace. A super PAC backed by Ryan spent $7 million alone; the national GOP's House campaign arm added $4.5 million.
"It's OK to be mad", Ryan added, but Democrats have to find a way to channel that into policy ideas.
Others dismissed the idea that Pelosi really played much of a role in the outcome in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by about 5 percentage points.
Anti-Trump sentiment from base voters wasn't enough to push them over the edge in districts that also contain plenty of moderates, and Democratic frustration with the inability to connect has started to bubble over.
Pelosi, in a letter to colleagues, said that when Trump nominated House members to serve in his administration, he chose them from Republican districts the party knew it could win. It was classic campaign Trump throughout his more than hourlong stemwinder, decrying the "phony witch hunts going against me", hitting the "dishonest media", doubling down on his pledge to build a border wall and reliving his November victory.
Then a dark money super PAC jumped in and sunk to new lows.
The race seemed to have tightened in the closing days. A little-known superPAC also made a small TV buy in the contest with an ad tying Ossoff to the to the alleged gunman, who appeared to be motivated by anger at the GOP and Trump. But here are some things we can say after Tuesday night, in the form of winners and losers.
"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". "Because in these United States of America, no one - no one - should ever feel their life threatened over their political beliefs".
Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the Republicans. The race for Georgia's 6th district was the most expensive in the entire history of the House of Representatives.
Do Democratic candidates need to get more in-your-face about Trump? Georgia's 6th District has been held by Republicans since Newt Gingrich won it in 1979.
Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said he heard from several senior Democrats Tuesday night who were less than pleased with Pelosi's impact on the Georgia race.
Democrats lost a heartbreaker of a special election Tuesday in Georgia. And it's futile to project what the environment may look like 17 months from now.
Virginia has drifted to the Democrats over the past three presidential cycles, to the point where it is, at worst, a lean-blue entity.
But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. But later spots focused on cutting government waste and working to attract more tech jobs to the area. Democrats need to net 24 seats to win back the House.
"You showed the world that in places where no one even thought it was possible to fight, we could fight", Ossoff told supporters. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District". Handel emphasized that pedigree often during her campaign and again during her victory speech. Handel was an unabashed Trump supporter who dismissed the importance of health care as an issue.
"We have Gary Cohn, who is the president of Goldman Sachs".
It was the president's fifth campaign rally since he was inaugurated in January.