After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

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That's what Karen Handel supporters chanted after she crushed Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election Tuesday in Georgia's 6th congressional district.

Herein lies the Democrats' problem, just as it was a problem when Hillary Clinton bellowed about a basket full of deplorables during the 2016 campaign.

But a loss is still a loss - and to win, Democrats need to sharpen the contrast for voters.

Separately, Republicans held on to another seat Tuesday in SC, where Ralph Norman won a special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, who resigned to become the White House budget director.

With a paltry $250,000 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democrat Archie Parnell came within four points of his G.O.P. opponent, Ralph Norman, in South Carolina's Fifth District on Tuesday, where Trump beat Clinton by 18 points last November and Mulvaney won re-election by 21 points. "It doesn't matter who our leader is, the Republicans will always run against them, someone else in our caucus or Willie Horton", referring to the convicted MA murderer that Republicans used to make Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis look weak on crime during the 1988 campaign.

Party insiders say Georgia is not a must-win, given the GOP advantages here, but winning in a district like this could put them on their way to a successful 2018, and it would embolden donors and volunteers nationally - and potentially boost candidate recruiting in friendlier districts.

Georgia voters steadily streamed into suburban Atlanta polling places Tuesday to decide the most expensive House race in US history and put weeks of television ads, phone calls and ringing doorbells behind them.

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"Karen Handel has won Georgia's record-breaking special congressional election, dashing hopes by Democrats to pull off an upset in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections".

Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent 30 million dollars (£23 million) trying to flip. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future". Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favourable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia. All of those districts were GOP districts. Republican voters came home - they nearly always do - so "flipping" a district doesn't mean flipping Trump voters, it means turning out more Democrats and independents.

But for Republicans from the president on down, it was time to celebrate.

Trump predicted Handel's win as early as April 17, when he said that a runoff will lead to a win. Democrats just lost their fourth special election in a row. Total disarray. The MAGA Mandate is stronger than ever. "The congressional probes and a Justice Department special counsel investigation that followed, as well as daily charges from Democrats that Mr. Trump and his campaign were involved in treasonous acts that rendered his presidency illegitimate, met scant pushback from Republican leaders in Congress".

Republican Karen Handel will be the next member of Congress for the 6th district, not newcomer-turned-Democratic hero Jon Ossoff. Former R.N.C. communications director Doug Heye said a victory for Ossoff would heighten existing concerns within the ranks that Trump's historic unpopularity could cost the party its majority in Congress.

"It shows us that people are wanting some of the things we've been talking about, President Trump's been talking about - less government, more power to the folks".

"We have a lot work to do", Handel said. Maybe they'll figure it out post 2018, or a couple of years into Trump's second term.

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