Ossoff Outspends Handel, Then Bemoans Lack of Campaign Finance Reform

In the primary election, no candidate reached the 50 percent threshold needed to secure a victory, so the top two moved to a run off election, with Democrat Jon Ossooff and Republican Karen Handel moving on.

Handel insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap". "And we better focus", Ryan said. "And I don't think we're doing enough of that, and I think that's evident in this [Georgia] race".

David Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the results Tuesday in Georgia and another special election in SC "were far from a disaster for Democrats, and Republicans shouldn't be tempted to believe their House majority is safe".

Joe Cunningham, an attorney challenging Rep. Mark Sanford next fall, posted on Twitter, "The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".

But it isn't only previous Democratic critics of Pelosi who are calling for a change. "The good news for Republicans is that swarms of national media and images of Nancy Pelosi still motivate their base", Wasserman writes, while noting that Republicans can't count on that kind of super attention in every race. I don't understand why more attention hasn't been focused on his unbelievable showing.

Republican operatives say that 98 percent of voters in the 6th District already had an impression of Pelosi when they conducted their first internal poll, and she was 35 points underwater.

It's pretty clear that at least four Supreme Court justices are ready to uphold a lower court decision that rejected Wisconsin's legislative boundaries on grounds they gave Republicans in that state an illegal advantage in translating votes into legislative representation.

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Wasserman sees "a pattern that should still worry GOP incumbents everywhere". While disappointed with Tuesday's loss, they said they're thrilled that victory was within their grasp and optimistic about the message that sends ahead of the 2018 midterms. On Tuesday the Democrat running in SC with nearly no national attention or money came nearly as close to winning as Ossoff. Democrats won a special election in California, but that race was between two Democratic candidates, CNBC reports.

In this March 28, 2017 photo, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses".

Still, Trump won the district by only a razor-thin margin.

"For my part, I hope the Democrats heed the counsel of Jim Dean of Democracy For America, who says Ossoff and the others lost because they failed to "[run] on a bold progressive vision". "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", the president tweeted overnight, apparently grouping his own election with the four House races held to fill seats vacated by his appointees. It's much too early to know.

"I think it probably does show that certainly momentum's at our back, but there aren't any moral victories in this". At the end of the day, money did not win the election.

Last night's results were far from a disaster for Democrats, and Republicans shouldn't be tempted to believe their House majority is safe.