Trump Boasts About Republican Wins in Special Congressional Elections
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 7:01
Jon Ossoff lost the House race in Georgia's 6th Congressional District despite receiving almost three-quarters of $1 million from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this does not include the additional $5 million spent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on ads supporting Ossoff. In a conservative district vacated by Mick Mulvaney, now the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, African-Americans came out in force for a wealthy Democrat, Archie Parnell, and the Republican candidate, Ralph Norman, won by a narrower margin than Handel in Georgia.
Planned Parenthood said it was encouraged by the loss, pointing out that Mr. Price carried the seat by 23 points in November.
Trump rose Wednesday morning and called on Democrats to learn from their latest losses by reaching across the aisle to work with him and Republicans.
Her tough race, combined with close GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse.
Handel's victory allowed Republicans to hold onto a closely contested seat and deny the Democratic Party a chance to chip away at the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
"'Karen, if you can win, it says to every 8-year-old girl that she can do it too, '" Handel recalled the girl telling her.
Trump also gloated about the win.
"When we saw the first numbers start to come in from Fulton County, on the early vote numbers, where we had really flipped that around to actually be in the lead, we knew that we were trending in the right direction", said Handel. The fictional politician Underwood at one point represents South Carolina's fifth district.
In her victory speech, Handel even gave "a special thanks to the president of United States of America" as the crowd went wild chanting Trump's name.
For the media, "the outcome of any special election, while not an indicator of what might happen in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, yesterday's Republican victories could still have a significant and immediate national impact".
"Many are saying that the Democrats haven't made a strong enough case of what they stand for, particularly on economic issues", Rather wrote. But after yet another disappointment for Democrats, it may be time for soul-searching and finger pointing.