White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

Perez, a former labor secretary, said there are 71 congressional districts "more competitive" than Georgia's 6th district, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel Tuesday by less than 4 points.

"NAPKIN MATH: Ossoff raised $23.6 million to make a symbolic run against President Trump, most of it from Marin County, California and Martha's Vineyard in MA".

The top three House Democrats are now Pelosi, who is 77; Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, who is 78; and South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is 76.

Following Ossoff's loss, a number of Democratic legislators made public calls for Pelosi to step aside to make room for younger lawmakers eager to present a new vision for the future of the party. "He's just not one of us", her ads said, and this message was reinforced by tying him to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - and perhaps inadvertently by Ossoff's own promise to "grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the South".

But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy. "It still moves voters". "Another Democratic leader would not start with that level of name recognition". In the end, the Republican - and in the eyes of many, Trump - won handily. "Montana, we, this kid, the man who ran against the gentleman who won would never have had not one iota of movement had changes not been happening".

According to multiple attendees, Rep.

But the now-familiar refrain of "close but no cigar" has worn on rank-and-file House Democrats who want to see concrete results.

"We need to take a good strong look in the mirror and realize the problem is us. Everything else is bulls--", said Rep.

In this March 28, 2017 photo, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. "That's all I'm going to say". "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck (Schumer) stay!"

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"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said. Another rising House Democrat, former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general. They believe that the president is being underestimated yet again, just as he was when polls predicted his defeat in the crucial states that determined the outcome of the presidential election.

"This was the kind of district that they were going to need to win if they are going to get back into the majority", said Republican pollster David Winston.

"Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", tweeted Representative Seth Moulton of MA.

The result comes as relief for Republicans, who had grown concerned about whether their party, buffeted by the scandals that have plagued the Republican President, could hold the seat in Georgia's sixth district, which became the most expensive congressional race in USA history. "This is what they do". Instead, the party should be focusing on 2018, and the 23 Republican-held House seats in districts where Hillary Clinton bested Trump a year ago.

But the thing that ties, you know, African-Americans and Latinos, and the LGBT community and women all together is that we all want economic opportunity for our families.

The outcome in SC was closer, which had some Democrats wondering if the party should have steered more money there. "And Southern voters react parochially".

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.


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