In 2017, the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, there have been five congressional special elections, and as of last night, Republicans have now won four of them, including a key victory in a hard-fought race in Georgia.
The Republican National Committee congratulated Handel, saying: "Tonight, the people of Georgia's Sixth District overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump's agenda of replacing our broken healthcare system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment". But after yet another disappointment for Democrats, it may be time for soul-searching and finger pointing.
The president turned to his preferred method of communicating with his supporters, Twitter, on Tuesday night as the SC and Georgia races were called for Norman and Handel. Which is relatively close considering the district has been led by a Republican for decades, but not as close as South Carolina's.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) is calling on his fellow Democrats to look to the future and stop dwelling on past losses.
Democrats were very excited about this election, which they built up as a gauge of the political climate and a run-up to the 2018 congressional race. Do Democrats need a compelling economic message? Yes.
On Twitter, we saw some instances of those on the left hitting the Democrats and Ossoff for essentially running against Trump rather than providing any real ideas.
That doesn't sound good, especially for a party that will likely be working to keep momentum and recruit good candidates to take back the House on what will likely be razor-thin margins in 2018.
Especially in a constituency like Georgia, which has been in Republican hands since 1979.
With the Georgia victory, Republicans showed that they could still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts where Democrats have made gains and Trump's populist agenda was sometimes a tough sell. For all the controversy Trump has generated, this year's special elections occurred with the backdrop of a solid economy at home and relative calm overseas. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins previous year.
That was much tighter than when the same seat was up for election last November and won by Republican Tom Price by 23 percentage points.
As the results rolled in Tuesday, AshLee Strong, spokeswoman to House Speaker Paul Ryan, mused over Twitter, "Remember when they told us we'd be punished in the special elexs for following through on our promise to #RepealAndReplace #obamacare?" "They believe in us being better able to do it rather than the other side", said Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.