What the Georgia special election may mean to Democrats and Republicans

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What the Georgia special election may mean to Democrats and Republicans

In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who are now part of the US President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Democrats lost miserably and went 0-for-4. With multiple Republican hopefuls keeping the party apparatus neutral, only Democrats mounted an effective get-out-the-vote effort in April.

The Twitter-verse isn't generally a friendly place, but the barrage of tweets following Republican Karen Handel's Tuesday victory in the much-watched Georgia congressional race were especially untoward - with much of the heat directed at conservatives.

Ironically, a Democrat came closer to an upset in Tuesday's other special election - one the national party hardly contested - in a rural SC district that Trump won by 19 points.

Also on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate fell 3 percentage points short of defeating a Republican in the race to fill budget director Mick Mulvaney's House former seat in SC.

He notes that "Democrats only need to flip 24 Republican seats" to take control of the House.

Handel thanked President Trump during her victory speech as well as Vice President Mike Pence, demonstrating a Republican party far more solid than anticipated.

He said: 'Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!

Texas Democrats say they feel confident they'll be able to turn red districts blue in the 2018 midterms.

Trump celebrated on Twitter on Tuesday night.

"This is not the outcome we were looking for, but this is the beginning of something bigger than us", said Ossoff to his supporters following defeat.

In the well-to-do Atlanta suburbs, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was the focus of torrents of negative advertising in a House race that cost more than $50 million, the most expensive in history. The House of Representatives voted and passed their proposal last month. Mulvaney beat his last Democratic opponent by 20 points, The Herald reported Tuesday. 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. Unless the Democrats start winning more than just moral victories against a deeply unpopular president, her days as party leader could be numbered.

But not only did Republican Karen Handel survive any anti-Trump sentiment among voters - she actually outperformed him in the district.

And if Democrats keep believing this nonsense 2018 is going to be rough for them.

Behar also criticized Ossoff for failing to even move to the district where he was running for Congress. Republicans "don't want to go there, they want to go to San Francisco and a cable auto".

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