Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

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"We have forced the Republicans to spend north of $23 million to defend them".

But for Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing.

"And what they hoped by making it a referendum on Trump was by saying Trump is bad, Trump is terrible, that would be enough to win and they didn't", said Schultz.

Democrats also lost a special election in neighboring SC on Tuesday, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now serving as Trump's budget director.

By claiming the 6th District seat, Handel also secured herself some distinct advantages.

Those Republicans chose their comfort level with their party and a candidate in Karen Handel, who is a known quantity, over someone with little experience who didn't even live in the district in Jon Ossoff. Instead, the GOP won bigtime in 2016 because Democrats couldn't convince voters they would be worse off with any alternative Republicans were talking about. "Most immediately, the election result could bring momentum to Senate Republicans" efforts this week to craft their version of a major revision to the Affordable Care Act.

The night did not start off well for Ossoff.

The final tally showed Handel had garnered 51.9 percent of the vote compared with Ossoff's 48.1 percent.

If he did mean Republican, he would be right: All five women to previously serve in the House of Representatives were Democrats.

"We're asking candidates in these deep, red districts to battle the Republican Party", he said. As blogger and GA-6 resident Will Collier noted, the massive amount of money enabled Democrat operatives to oversaturate the airwaves with campaign ads, blanket every square inch of land with Ossoff signs and solicit every home in the district multiple times in person and dozens of times a day with robocalls, what they ended up doing was "pissing off the people they needed to get votes from". The battle came down to the Fulton County portion of the district, where nearly half of the electorate resided.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

Norman managed to eek out a 51%-49% victory in a contest where there was surprisingly low turnout of about 88,000.

Parnell won the southern portion of the district 57%-42%, which includes Fairfield, Lee and Sumter Counties with relatively high numbers of African-American voters. The fourth and fifth include parts of DeKalb County. The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies. "We are the party that stands up for working families and the middle class, yet many of them are not voting for us".

Perhaps most importantly, Democrats are unlikely to get as clean a shot in any of these other districts as they had here.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to celebrate Republican Karen Handel's victory in a Georgia special congressional race that became an expensive national proxy for Washington wars ahead of next year's midterm elections. There are many districts that will be a lot tougher for Republicans to hold than Georgia's Sixth next November. "But the truth is you're not really going to make any difference or really have any significant role in anything for some time".

The House majority was at risk before the Georgia special election and it's at risk after the Georgia special election. In addition to the loss in Georgia, Democratic candidates have now gone down in flames in races in Iowa, South Carolina, Montana and Kansas, bitter pills for the party that's out of power to swallow. Democrats spent $32 million in that race. Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favorable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia.

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