Editor's Note: Anti-Trump isn't enough for Democrats

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Defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she's maintained marked unity among Democrats, fending off carping from rank-and-file members after yet more election defeats this week.

Republican Karen Handel declared victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District with a promise that she'll work to gain the confidence of voters who backed her Democratic opponent.

And Rice backed Pelosi in last year's leadership fight.

The minority leader also responded to Republican attack ads in Georgia and elsewhere that targeted her record and her San Francisco district.

Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams face a tough race, but if they continue to run superior campaigns, they'll have a real chance to win in November.

Democrats have had four opportunities to pick up seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since Donald Trump became president, and haven't been able to capitalize on any of them.

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

Ossoff regularly attempted to deflect questions about whether he would back Pelosi in the House, saying he hadn't given it any thought. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" he tweeted. I'm a strategic, politically astute leader.

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Along with earlier wins in Kansas and Montana, Republicans are enjoying a special election sweep in House races over Democrats this year, albeit in Republican hotbeds.

"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday.

"Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost", Vela told Politico.

And that same thing begins with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said.

In an interview with CNN Ryan was pressed if Pelosi was more "toxic" than Trump.

Ryan challenged Pelosi last fall for the top leadership position, but lost that internal election, receiving only 63 votes from the 194 members. "We haven't been talking about these direct economic issues that people are talking about", he said.

Luján also reiterated his memo from Wednesday declaring that the House is in play in 2018, something he hadn't yet said this year and never said in the 2016 election cycle.

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