Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020

"We showed the world that in places where no one thought it was possible, we could fight", Mr Ossoff told supporters.

No one ever gets exhausted of winning, especially a rookie politician that everyone in the establishment predicted would be a loser.

Perez says he was "disappointed" by that election, but suggested it was to be expected. Democrats need to net 24 seats to win back the House. Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump.

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela told Politico, "You'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top".

Handel, an establishment Republican and former state secretary of state, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, U.S. television networks projected, denying Democrats what would have been their first election victory of the year.

But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC.

The anti-Trump pundits on TV and the Democrats instantly pivoted and started spewing a string of excuses. "But at the end of the day, it was really about the people in the 6th District, and I'm just beyond humbled that I have this privilege".

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"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".

But no. Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen.

Thing is, Ryan's got more of an eye on the real problem: the Democratic brand, which Pelosi in fact embodies perfectly. "There will be 435 Congressional races on the ballot in 2018".

The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election. Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election.

But Pelosi's not going anywhere.

"The margins that we've been able to close and the gap narrowing is incredibly encouraging", said Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson Texas Democratic Party.

"I think it's very concerning that that tactic still has some punch", Tim Ryan said of the challenges Ossoff faced, "It's part of the broader national brand that average people don't feel connected to the Democratic Party". "We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice said on CNN.


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