GOP: Special Election Victories Boost Trump's Legislative Agenda

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As long as they want to keep Perez running the DNC, I say, "Go for it". Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by about 5 percentage points. Moulton added, "The takeaway from the meeting is that we want to win again in 2018".

"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. "The House remains in play now". In remarks to The Guardian, Handel said, "The lack of civility in society as a whole, some of it, I believe, is very much fueled by social media and frankly, it's fueled by the fact that journalism is not journalism any more". "He's just not one of us", one Republican ad concluded.

"The fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda [.] on economics". Democrats were most optimistic about their chances in Georgia, where the party and its allies spent close to $30 million to bolster 30-year-old newcomer Jon Ossoff. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended.

In the Cook Political Report, House elections expert David Wasserman has examined the Democrats' performances in the Georgia race and other House contests and sees some very encouraging signs.

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

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But he later shifted to focus on local concerns to match his Republican rival Karen Handel, a former secretary of state who argued the vote was a local issue and unrelated to Trump's presidency. All those factors could make for easy attacks. Tuesday's congressional election had been widely cast as a referendum on the young administration as it battles a swirling Russian scandal and a string of legislative setbacks - and the president seized on the result as a vote of confidence. That does not that mean, of course, that a Democrat could not win in one or all of these districts at some point.

Handel will become Georgia's first-ever GOP congresswoman.

"But I take their insult against my city as a bankruptcy of values on their part not to recognize the greatness of the city I represent", she said. In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader". That notoriety should help her campaign start replenishing its coffers.

But they quickly did a 180 when the Georgia race, and a less publicized House contest in SC that the Republican won by 3 percent, turned into an easy 4-point win for Handel.

"At what point is this not a failure of Democrats but toxic, vindictive voters willing to elect hateful bigots?"

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