Democrats Play Blame Game With Pelosi After Georgia Election - To GOP's Glee

But their Georgia victory was not to be.

After Handel won, Trump tweeted his congratulations and noted that Republicans are now 5-0 in special elections despite the fake news media and millions of dollars wasted by hapless Democrats.

Democrats should learn from their latest two House race defeats and work with Republicans to pass health care and tax overhaul legislation, a celebratory President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

If I were the GOP, which now has won four special elections since the fall in Republican strongholds by significantly smaller margins than are customary, I would be concerned.

And while experts say the demoralizing loss isn't necessarily a harbinger of more losses to come in the 2018 midterms, it has Democrats taking stock and asking whether it's time for new party leadership - specifically whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should step aside.

The results indicate that while the Democratic base remains fired up, the Republican base isn't depressed - and that Democrats can't rely on their base's excitement alone as they hope to put the House in play in 2018. With the Georgia victory, Republicans showed that they could still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts where Democrats have made gains and Trump's populist agenda was sometimes a tough sell.

Surprisingly, Martin didn't let Ossoff off the hook that easily and pressed him on the fact that his campaign had outspent Republican Karen Handel by $2 million in ads alone.

Ossoff's best - and now it's clear - only chance to win was in the April "jungle primary" when he was the consensus choice of Democrats on the ballot with more than 10 Republicans. But the obvious hypocrisy touting the need for campaign finance reform all while outspending his Republican opponent by almost seven to one seemed lost on Ossoff. After the most expensive congressional race in history, largely from the Democrats' cash infusions, Ossoff called for campaign finance reform.

He notes that "Democrats only need to flip 24 Republican seats" to take control of the House.

As expected, Republicans also won a special election in the fifth congressional district of SC held to fill the seat vacated by budget director Mick Mulvaney. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap". Jon Ossoff (right) is now a candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District Special Election. President Donald Trump won the district in November easily and Mulvaney had held onto his seat since 2011.

Democrats had been hoping to make inroads with many of those in the group termed reluctant Trump voters.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.

  • Leroy Wright