Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

Republicans won these races in Kansas, Montana and SC, but Georgia had been widely touted as a referendum on Trump's impact on the GOP leading up to the 2018 midterms.

As the map stands now, Democrats arguably don't need to take a win in Georgia to take back control of the House for the first time since 2010. "Either that, or Democrats just aren't very good with numbers". "But they've been unable to find out, because Democrats somehow keep failing to beat them". "This is a victory for us because it shows we can mobilize people in this district", she added.

The Twitter-verse isn't generally a friendly place, but the barrage of tweets following Republican Karen Handel's Tuesday victory in the much-watched Georgia congressional race were especially untoward - with much of the heat directed at conservatives. He praised Ossoff's efforts to mobilize the base and persuade independents and moderate Republicans.

The hosts of "The View" on Wednesday had plenty to say about the Democrats' most recent election loss in Georgia - and Joy Behar even admitted the party's anti-Donald Trump platform doesn't appear to be working. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent. "So thank you, thank you for the most extraordinary experience I've ever had the honor of being a part of", Ossoff said during his Tuesday night concession speech to a crowd of hundreds of supporters that gathered at a hotel in the southern portion of the district.

"I don't want to offend anyone here, but if the Democrats want to start winning..." I think it's time for a new generation of leadership.

High-profile endorsements for the candidates were also abundant: President Donald Trump voiced his support for Handel. The only reason it was close: A lot of Republicans voted for a Democrat.

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Democrats have now lost all four opportunities to win in special elections so far this year, following earlier losses in Republican-held districts in Kansas and Montana.

The lesson for Democrats is that anti-Trumpism is not enough, at least not at this point.

While the White House had played down the national importance of the Georgia race, Trump had gone all in on Handel, and the Republican Party no doubt sees the victory as a shot in the arm as it prepares to fight to preserve its control of Congress in next year's mid-term elections. Lake, the GOP consultant, predicted Handel would face a primary but she'd easily dispatch her challengers.

Keeping the seat in GOP hands takes immediate pressure off Republicans to go on offense here. In 2018, Handel will have the advantage of an incumbent with 18 months experience on the job.

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently refrained from taking on the president as he tried to win over centrist voters.

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