Pelosi tries to reassure Dems after Georgia loss

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We need a vision-where are we going? "They usually go after the most effective leaders, because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have". But for now they said a different approach would rest on the party message - not Pelosi. The Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, barely missed winning a majority against 17 opponents in the April primary.

In the most expensive congressional election in U.S. history, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 percentage points on Tuesday in a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.

"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat, and in their desperate rush to stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fund-raiser and consensus builder", Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, told The New York Times. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost". I have enormous respect for her.

As Democrats lick their wounds in the wake of the defeat, eyes quickly turned to Pelosi, with some Democrats openly calling for a change in leadership as they fear Pelosi is bad for their brand. "I need to step back and do what's best for this party'". Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice from NY told CNN that it's time for the Democrats to let her and the entire Democratic leadership team go. "I happen to have a different opinion, and I think it's important for people in my position to not be afraid to speak truth to power". Either Pelosi stays, in which case she becomes the face of Democrats in GOP ad campaigns around the country.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she concluded.

BENNETT: Pelosi still has broad support among House Democrats.

"There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, 'I'm done". "And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about 'do you support gay marriage?"

Both Moulton and Rice opposed Pelosi in last year's House Democratic leadership election, casting their ballots instead for Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan as minority leader.

"The brand is just bad", the OH lawmaker told CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday.

"If you look at the numbers, these are all seats where just seven months ago (Republicans) won by double digits, and they were nail-biters after Trump takes office", said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

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