Karen Handel wins runoff for seat in United States House of Representatives

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The idea that a significant portion of the GOP is watching CNN's hour-by-hour coverage of the so-called Russian Federation scandal and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to send a message to Trump about how Michael Flynn should've been more careful about disclosing his lobbying work is otherworldly. This will be a long fight.

In retrospect, Jon Ossoff's loss in Georgia's 6th Congressional District was overdetermined. Zell Miller, an old blue-dog Democrat from Georgia, or even moderate former Gov. Roy Barnes. You can measure their disappointment by imagining the triumphalism we'd be hearing had Ossoff prevailed.

Still, Democrats would have massive gaps to fill if they were to oust Pelosi. And we have one goal: "winning in 2018".

"If you make Nancy Pelosi's name synonymous with the gains we've made and the things we want to make in the future, every time they say her name they're just reminding people what it is we want to do", Richmond said.

Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. "I don't know how many 'moral victories' the Democrats are going to be able to stomach before they realize it's time to actually start winning".

And while Democrats were mourning in Georgia Tuesday night, they nearly stole a House seat in SC where Archie Parnell came within about 2,800 votes and 3 percentage points of defeating Republican Ralph Norman.

It's worth asking in the wake of the latest Democratic failure to notch an electoral victory for the resistance, this time in the Georgia special election.

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She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy.

Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant and Handel strategist, underscored her success in turning the contest into a normal partisan choice. "Karen Handel ran a relentlessly localized campaign that focused on that perspective". Quigley's group encourages politicians to oppose abortion vocally, but she acknowledges that's not exactly what happened with Handel. Ayres put the matter diplomatically: "The president structured the broader environment but didn't determine the outcome of this particular race". It was the most expensive House race in history. Paradoxically, if the Georgia's result encourages the Senate to join in passing a deeply flawed Obamacare repeal bill, it could hurt the GOP in the long run.

"It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she steps down".

Everybody uses special elections to ratify whatever they thought before a single vote was counted.

Democrats desperately need a fresh face as leader. Despite this, 30-year-old Ossoff almost won the initial election in April, with 48.1% of the vote. They may not like much of what the Republicans and Trump are offering, either, but when forced to choose, they will, however reluctantly, back the Trump-GOP synthesis over the united Democratic alternative.

Trump's foes hoped that a district in Georgia would strike a decisive blow against him.

Pelosi also has a long history of holding her party together through hard votes - enabling former President Barack Obama to shepherd into law a series of Democratic-backed measures in 2009 and 2010 and later forcing Republicans to grapple with the politically damaging divisions within their own ranks.

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