A victory for Donald Trump and Brian Mast in Georgia

The race was seen nationally as a test of shifting demographics and President Donald Trump's popularity. And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election victories.

On Tuesday, Republicans also held onto the House seat in SC that was vacated in by Mick Mulvaney so he could become the White House budget director.

Republican Karen Handel won a tightly fought congressional race in Georgia Tuesday against Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff, in a race billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump so far.

No doubt, Ossoff's defeat is a blow to Democrats-particularly after his strong finish in the primary-but to say the party and the anti-Trump resistance is doomed would be premature.

The president turned to his preferred method of communicating with his supporters, Twitter, on Tuesday night as the SC and Georgia races were called for Norman and Handel.

- "Ralph Norman ran a fantastic race to win in the Great State of South Carolina's 5th District".

They'd have sent a clear signal that the midterm elections, set for 17 months from now, might well prove to be something of a Democratic picnic.

According to the Associated Press, following the results of the election Democrat Jon Ossoff responded by saying that his supporters were a "beacon of hope" in his campaign for a House seat in a district which has been held by Republicans since 1979.

The Georgia special election was the most expensive congressional race in US history. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future".

Besting previous Democratic marks in each district that held a special election is a reason for optimism, he said.

The last woman elected to the Senate or House of Representatives from Georgia was Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who served from 2005-2007. Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump.

Republicans can also now breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that they can still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts that often favor Democrats - even with a president who has divided voters in their own party.

"We've laid a marker on the ground - next year will be brutal for Republicans, because they won't be able to spend tens of millions in every district", Moulitsas said.

Indeed the string of special election wins, especially in Georgia, sent a powerful message to Republicans that they must be doing something right, even though Trump's approval ratings are low by historical standards and the GOP has yet to notch a single major legislative accomplishment on Capitol Hill.

"It shows us that people are wanting some of the things we've been talking about, President Trump's been talking about - less government, more power to the folks". "They don't stand for the same values that we stand for, and that's disappointing", she added, vowing, "This is not the end. They must put forward a bold progressive vision for our country, running on core Democratic values". Ted Kennedy, Democrats were forced to act quickly to pass Obamacare, despite deep reservations and divisions across the party about the legislation.

  • Zachary Reyes