One number puts the Democrat loss in Georgia in stunning perspective


Many Democrats are calling for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to step down from her party leadership role after a bruising - and expensive - House race loss in Georgia's 6th district.

On Tuesday evening, the latest hopes for a new Democratic rise to power was dashed in Georgia as Democratic insurgent candidate Jon Ossoff conceded defeat to Republican victor Karen Handel.

Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late a year ago from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her.

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi's re-election last fall, told Politico on Wednesday, "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top". Pelosi has been facing questions about her leadership since Democrats lost the hard-fought race.

Democrats energized by opposition to President Donald Trump keep saying they like their chances for taking control of Congress in 2018 - and, of course, no one ever won by saying otherwise.

She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader. A loss in Georgia, after Democratic donors across the country (okay, mostly in California) gave time and money to try to stick it to Trump, is a significant momentum-killer.

Mrs Handel said at her victory rally that she knew it was going to "require all hands on deck" for Republicans to hold on to the district.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military. She defended her relevance in a press conference stating that she's "worth the trouble".

Whereas Ryan and Moulton were more circumspect, Rice was explicit: Pelosi needs to go.

"That means we basically can't lose anybody", the President said of the 52-48 Senate edge. "Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th".

"We need leadership change".

"We'd better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us, it's the party", Ryan said, leaving a meeting on Wednesday morning. Ossoff was seen to have a 7 percent lead in some surveys recently, but relentless conservative attacks on the former Obama official-linking him to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and even the comedian Kathy Griffin-seemed to galvanize the GOP base.

Ossoff's campaign raised $23.6 million alone from individual donors, compared to $5.6 million for Handel, The New York Times reports. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus.