Special election sweep boosts Trump agenda

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Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night, Donald Trump made sure to praise the Republican victories, but taking multiple shots at the Democratic Party for allegedly being "obstructionists".

On Tuesday night, Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in SC, and Karen Handel picked up a win over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia.

But as the returns came in and Ossoff remained stubbornly behind Karen Handel, a veteran local officeholder, Democratic frustrations burst into full view.

"I think our leadership owes an explanation of what happened, how resources were spent, but also a plan going forward", Moulton said yesterday. All of the Ivy League schools, ranked amongst the top 15 universities, are located in the East Coast and are hundreds of miles away from Georgia's 6th District. But they now have only 187 to the Republicans' 246 - a net loss of 46 seats.

Pelosi said the Democratic base is energised, adding, "We must now put forth our message".

On "The Fox News Specialists", Eric Bolling echoed the president's sentiments, pointing out that Democrats have lost more than 60 House seats with Pelosi as House speaker and then minority leader. They'd have sent a clear signal that the midterm elections, set for 17 months from now, might well prove to be something of a Democratic picnic.

Democrats can console themselves by pointing out that Price won his last election by 23 percentage points.

Democrats have now failed to pick up any House seats in this year's special elections.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

In the well-to-do Atlanta suburbs, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was the focus of torrents of negative advertising in a House race that cost more than $50 million, the most expensive in history.

"I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus", she said.

Earlier this year, Democrats had a list of some 60 House races they hoped to make competitive; Georgia 6th wasn't even on the list. Many Democrats hope to harness that energy during the 2018 mid-terms, when the entire House will be up for re-election.

"All we do is win, win, win", the President said to cheers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as he pressed Democrats to support his legislative agenda in the Congress. But this time, the margin of victory in each race was quite noteworthy - less than four points in each. The elders in the Democratic party have been accused of failing to learn lessons from the shocking loss to Trump: that running without a positive message isn't enough to win elections.

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