White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

Wingfield addressed the caveat that many were citing along the numbers he posted - the 2016 election was during a presidential election year, and 2017 was a special election which meant the former race had natural publicity already.

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who has been a vocal critic of his party's overarching political strategy, said Democrats needed to recognize that they were "toxic" in huge parts of the country.

Ossoff's loss is the latest in a string of Democratic losses in all three other special congressional elections that have taken place this year. "And we try to say, 'You're black, you're brown, you're gay, you're straight, you're a woman, you're a man.' The reality of it is there's no juice in that kind of campaign", Ryan said after Trump's electoral victory last November.

Ellison said the Georgia 6th was not as competitive as 64 other House seats that Democrats could win in 2018 to wrest control away from Republicans, adding, "They're the ones who better be anxious".

Lujan said Tuesday's results show Democrats have the momentum to flip the 24 seats they need to reclaim control.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night, Donald Trump made sure to praise the Republican victories, but taking multiple shots at the Democratic Party for allegedly being "obstructionists".

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White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters aboard Air Force One that Handel's win serves as proof that "the American people are resonating with the president's agenda" and want to see his agenda enacted.

President Trump and his supporters took a victory lap on social media late Tuesday night as Republicans secured a pair of special-election House victories in Georgia and SC. But Mr. Trump's low approval ratings weren't enough to sink Handel, especially given that neither candidate dwelled on Mr. Trump during the campaign. Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race". "Obstruction doesn't work!" he said.

For Republicans, Handel's win had to offer some reassurance in Washington.

Now a new round of midterms looms, with lots of Republican incumbents who didn't win by 20-plus points - or even 10 points. Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated.

Handel ran as much against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her "San Francisco values" as she did against Ossoff, portraying the Democrat as culturally and politically alien to Georgia. "Those voters came out of the hills".

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