Republican wins Georgia House seat, fends off upstart Democrat

Republican wins Georgia House seat, fends off upstart Democrat

Like many Republicans, President Donald Trump's son took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to celebrate the victory of Republican Karen Hanel over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Tuesday's special election to represent Georgia's 6 Congressional District on Tuesday night. Her supporters reacted with cries of "Trump, Trump, Trump!"

After Democrats lost a Georgia House seat in a special election on Tuesday, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said Democrats need to revamp their leadership. When Ossoff started the race he channeled national anger at the president before pivoting away from Trump and focusing on local politics.

Just think about how much has come to pass in the first five months of the Trump presidency.

Around $660,000 poured in from outside groups including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Progressive Turnout Project, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Greg Valliere, the chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said, however, there is little to read from the Georgia election. Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently backed off that approach.

Earlier this year, Republicans won special elections in Montana and Kansas, while a Democrat won a race in California.

And on Monday, in a nod to the special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, Trump urged residents in those states to vote for the Republican candidate.

The last woman elected to the Senate or House of Representatives from Georgia was Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who served from 2005-2007.

Planned Parenthood's contributions aren't necessarily surprising - they've got a history of donating buckets of cash for pro-choice Democratic candidates like Ossoff.

The Georgia special election was the most expensive congressional race in USA history.

Instead, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, bested Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide. "And we will fight". But taking a step back, there's a silver lining for the party that's come up short: if Democrats can seriously compete in red districts in red states like these, they can seriously compete nearly anywhere. "We clearly need to have the right message and the right messengers to show the American people that we can help and that we have a vision, that we have a plan".

Republicans have won four special House elections since Trump took office - Handel's victory and a SC race Tuesday; a Montana victory last month and one in Kansas in April. Republicans have held that seat since Newt Gingrich won it in 1978, although Mr. Trump barely won the district by 1.5 percent in 2016. They were so sure that Trump's apparently low approval ratings would translate to a victory for a young, politically inexperienced Democrat in a mostly-red district.

The result is that, going forward, Republicans will hold a 241-194 majority in the House.



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