In Georgia, Handel thanks Trump and reaches out to Democrats

Jon Ossoff's loss Tuesday night in a hyper-competitive Georgia race - the most expensive in history - "better be a wake-up call for Democrats", tweeted Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, an emerging Democratic leader.

A sample of the voting ballot for Georgia's sixth congressional district.

Here's what some media outlets are saying about the election.

There have been five special elections for congressional seats since the 2016 presidential election.

The Georgia 6th District race was awash in outside cash, and became the most-expensive House race in USA history. The special election was held to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price after Trump appointed him as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"If you're using Donald Trump as your basis for your campaign, I don't know if it's working", she said.

Congressional Leadership Fund director Corry Bliss told The Washington Times he pauses every morning "to be thankful that the Republican Party still has Nancy Pelosi because Nancy Pelosi is absolutely toxic".

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in the special election for Georgia's 6th district during an appearance on The View on Wednesday.

"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.

Handel, 55, a former Georgia secretary of state, won the election after falling short in Republican primaries for governor and US senator in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

But that did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, urging voters to support Handel before the election and celebrating her victory afterward. But as an increasingly well-educated and diverse suburban district, it is the kind of territory Democrats need to win if they want to gain the 24 seats necessary to reclaim the House in 2018. The real point is that after Tuesday night, Democrats are right back to where they were in November.

In the end, Handel could cost Planned Parenthood much more than $735,000 with her win. "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Vela said. But we also didn't need to win this race to achieve our dream: Taking back the House.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Ben Ray Lujan believes that the string of losses for the party still spells trouble for the GOP heading into the 2018 midterms, citing that the Democratic candidates had all performed better than their predecessors. After all, this affluent district is a traditional Republican stronghold that Price easily won in November by 23 percentage points, and that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held for 20 years. They have to be smarter. Jon Ossoff (right) is now a candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election.

In other words, it's much easier to build up that morale if you can say: Okay, we didn't win this race that we really wanted to.

Perdue argued those voters will stick with Republicans in the coming year, despite the challenges facing the party and rising Democratic ambitions. For Trump, his ideal record in congressional races come amid his presidency's rocky start that includes a federal probe of his campaign's possible ties to Russian officials, a reported obstruction of justice investigation focused on him, two congressional investigations, and no signature legislative accomplishment.

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