Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election

But it could give Republicans a boost in confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

Dingell said Democrats had their "wake-up call" last November, not last night, and recalled that she was warning in the summer of 2015 that President Trump could win with his economic message.

Handel won 51.9% of the vote compared to Ossoff's 48.1%, according to The New York Times, and will assume the House of Representatives seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

In South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell to replace Mick Mulvaney, who gave up his seat to become the president's budget director.

Trump also couldn't help but take a little victory lap, chiding Democrats over their disappointing loss in the Georgia special election on Tuesday.

Ironically, Democrat Jon Ossoff spent much of his campaign complaining about money in politics, stating on an NPR broadcast that "we need campaign finance reform", according to the Washington Examiner. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins previous year.

Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC that Democrats needed to focus on economic growth and "get back to being a big tent party". The 4-point win in the most expensive congressional race in history was a blow to Democrats, who tried to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.

Handel devoted much of her speech to thanking national and state Republicans for backing her campaign before making a direct appeal to Ossoff's supporters.

The Georgia race was seen by many as an early referendum on 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". But Georgia, they said, could well be different. Her win also seems to show the Republican strategy of tying Democratic candidates to the liberal House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-California), can still be a winning one. The organization repeatedly condemns Republican, male lawmakers at every corner for their pro-life views, even claiming that men should have no stake in the reproductive game, falsely spinning that abortion is health care any chance they get. The crowd responded with chants of "2018", seemingly encouraging the Democrat to run again in the upcoming midterm elections. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018".

But they still lost those races, and the Georgia Sixth was supposed to be their best opportunity to get a win.

  • Leroy Wright