Republican Karen Handel wins key Georgia election


President Trump and his family weighed in multiple times after the Republican win was announced. The 4-point win in the most expensive congressional race in history was a blow to Democrats, who tried to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s. "And it was a huge win for republicans and a big loss for Democrats".

In special congressional elections in Kansas and Montana earlier this year, they put up a pretty good fight - but lost the races in the end.

Contrary to the chants at Handel's victory party, she insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump. "This could be a very bad sign of things to come", an adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan told TIME.

The South Carolina fifth-district seat, vacated when Mick Mulvaney became Mr Trump's budget director, had been expected to be an easy win for Republicans.

There is no other way to say it: Tuesday night was a disaster for the national Democratic Party. But the result comes as relief for Republicans who had grown concerned about whether their party, buffeted by the scandals that have plagued the Republican president, could hold the seat in Georgia's sixth district.

Most recently, Tom Price resigned in February to join Mr Trump's administration. The president himself struggled here, though, edging Democrat Hillary Clinton but falling short of a majority among an affluent, well-educated electorate that typically has given Republican nominees better than 60 percent of the vote.

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than this", said Ossoff.

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To note the significance, Handel also shared a story from the campaign trail of meeting a young girl who the Congresswoman-elect said had been following the race.

- Trump gloats, Ossoff vows to fight -Trump's party also claimed victory in another congressional race Tuesday, in neighboring SC.

Senate Republicans plan to vote on increasing the debt ceiling in July, according to Politico, quoting senators and aides. She barely mentioned him ahead of finishing second to Mr Ossoff in an April primary, but welcomed him for a private fundraiser in late April. Why would Republicans take a chance on alienating the voters who sent them to office?

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) tweeted Tuesday night that he hoped the Georgia race would be a "wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working".

That margin is more along the lines of what Reid was talking about. On the campaign trail he didn't make any real damaging verbal mistakes. She said she'd have voted for the House Republican health care bill, though she sometimes misrepresented its provisions in debates with Ossoff.

The apparent success of Republican attacks linking Ossoff to the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and her "San Francisco values" also affirmed the efficacy of tying Democratic candidates in conservative districts to their brethren in more liberal parts of the country.