While Karen Handel's election to Congress on Tuesday night cheered Republicans, Democrats should be encouraged by their performance in the Georgia special election and in their performance in the other four House contests this year, according to a new analysis.
"So if you are using Donald Trump as your basis for your campaign, I don't know if it's working". "Well, I'm a master legislator". I think our leadership owes us an explanation for what's going on in these four elections but also a plan moving forward. "We must now put forth our message".
Democrats were most optimistic about their chances in Georgia, where the party and its allies spent close to $30 million to bolster 30-year-old newcomer Jon Ossoff. Mr. Trump's election doesn't necessarily settle the internecine argument between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic party in favor of full blown socialism, but it does at least make the case that a robust, easily identifiable policy agenda is necessary.
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.
Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican state senator who represents the area, said that while Republicans were divided on Trump, they had mostly united behind Handel. They must pick up 24 seats to do so.
Pelosi, 77, has led House Democrats since 2003.
"We need leadership change, "New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice recently told CNN".
"She consistently polls very unfavorable [and] I think in this instance, it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", John Rogers, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on a post-election phone call. "I thrive on competition", she said. Mulvaney, who is a founding member of the far-right Freedom Caucasus of the Republican party, won by landslides in each of his elections. In the end, the Republican - and in the eyes of many, Trump - won handily.
Pelosi should watch her back.
Wasserman sees "a pattern that should still worry GOP incumbents everywhere".
"We are making progress like no one can believe", he said.
"I think I'm worth the trouble".
He credited national Republicans with helping to neutralize Ossoff's spending advantage but noted that fired-up Democrats have been winning larger-than-typical shares of the vote across the country, reflecting a potential enthusiasm gap among conservative voters "big enough to gravely imperil the Republican majority next November".
But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy.