Democrats lose an iconic battle in Georgia

Violet Tucker
June 22, 2017

Georgia voters delivered Republican Karen Handel an unexpectedly handy victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in a Congressional special election, the fourth straight special election loss for Democrats since Donald Trump won the presidency. The 6th District seat has been solidly Republican, but Democrat Ossoff got 48 percent in a crowded April 18 election to almost win the seat outright and fuel Democratic optimism about repudiating Trump.

"All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", Trump wrote on Twitter overnight.

Republican Karen Handel easily defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Tuesday's special election to replace Tom Price, who is now serving as Health and Human Services Secretary. In another tweet, Trump also congratulated Republican Ralph Norman, who won a special congressional election in SC. "Democrats have aimed to leverage Trump's dismal approval rating and opposition to the Republican health-care bill into winning Republican seats and potentially taking control of the House in 2018".

The Republican victory in Georgia's recent special election shouldn't be taken for granted, according to the New York Post's John Podhoretz. "It also suggests that attacks tying more centrist Democrats to the national party, particularly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, can still prove effective".

"I said on April 18th, primary night, that for Republicans it needed to be all hands on deck, from the foot soldiers on the ground, all the way up to the Vice President and the President", said Handel. Politico reported that some Democrats diagnosed the problem as the party's tendency to "try to nationalize every race", while others said that Washington needs to realize not everyone is so concerned about the Trump-Russia investigation.

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"Ossoff was EXPECTING 2 get over 50% in EARLY voting in Fulton County (aka black vote) he came in at 48%", tweeted Tezlyn Figaro, former Bernie Sanders National Justice Director.

"No, we're not inevitable", Brzezinski said.

The Georgia 6th District race was awash in outside cash, and became the most-expensive House race in USA history.

Democrats must defend their current districts and win 24 GOP-held seats to regain a House majority next November. "But this is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff told supporters. Losses by Republicans in any of those races would likely have hastened the retirement of incumbents in competitive districts and would have emboldened strong potential Democratic candidates to jump in. If congressional Republicans go ahead with their plan to repeal Obamacare, "it may be the end of their special election run", he predicted.

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