The GOP's Narrow Escape in Georgia

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members.

Overall, Wasserman found, Democrats outperformed the voting tendencies of their districts by 8 percentage points in this year's special elections, a good omen for 2018 even if they did not win a single one of the open seats. The Georgia election was seen as much closer, but last night's results didn't seem to bear that out.

Democrats threw tens of millions at Jon Ossoff, their 30-year-old newbie candidate, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide who lives outside of Georgia's Sixth Congressional District.

"We are spending way too much time talking about Donald Trump and we're being overwhelmed with our own anger toward him", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters. When Ossoff started the race he channeled national anger at the president before pivoting away from Trump and focusing on local politics. The House of Representatives voted and passed their proposal last month. In each case, Republicans had to scramble to prevail in districts they expected to win without breaking a sweat.

Handel will now serve out the remaining term of Tom Price, who resigned his Congressional seat to become Trump's HHS Secretary.

Democrats must defend their current districts and win 24 GOP-held seats to regain a House majority next November.

Trump beat Clinton there by over 18 percent.

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Election returns show Handel won Cobb County with 61 percent of the vote.

Trump played a large role in this election as well, Norman aligned himself closely with the President who even recorded an automated robocall message for Norman.

In his effort to rouse his supporters, Trump touted his recent announcement on changes to U.S. -Cuba policy, his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords, his tax and infrastructure plans, and the tough approach his administration has taken to immigration enforcement.

"Archie Parnell is no Frank Underwood, and Washington shouldn't actually be like 'House of Cards, '" the ad read.

In the four races for red House districts vacated by Trump nominees, the Republican candidate won but the Democrat performed better than the party's candidate did in 2016. They sense, correctly, that Democrats in Congress have sought not just to oppose Trump from Day One, but hope to actually remove him from office through the Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats are lagging 0-4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races in Kansas and Montana. "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats".

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