Republican victory in Georgia's 6th District stops Democrats

While party leaders claim that Tuesday's result represented a moral victory, after throwing tens of millions dollars into their effort to wrest the district from the GOP, other Democrats, including Rep. Tim Ryan, view the situation with clearer eyes.

Ryan challenged Pelosi last fall for the top leadership position, but lost that internal election, receiving only 63 votes from the 194 members.

During an appearance on CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront", David Gergen, who advised former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, admitted that off-year elections like this may not be the best predictor of what could happen in the 2018 midterms.

Democrats said they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district.

"I want to be a uniting force in the community", said Handel.

Mrs Handel said at her victory rally that she knew it was going to "require all hands on deck" for Republicans to hold on to the district. We need a vision-where are we going?

"We will never be intimidated by the dishonest media corporations, who will say anything and do anything to get people to watch their screens or to get people to buy their failing papers", Trump said. "He's just not one of us", one Republican ad concluded.

But Pelosi defended herself during a Thursday press conference, bringing up the criticism unprompted. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say".

Keeping Pelosi, in leadership since 2003 and formerly the first female speaker of the House, would actually be a boon for the GOP, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" Thursday.

Despite the fact Georgia's 6 Dist. has been in Republican hands for decades - like the other races, as well - Democrats put a lot of money and hope behind Ossoff, a young up-and-comer with JFK-like qualities. At least a decade'. Sixry percent of voters in the district have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 29% of Georgia voters overall, according to 2015 US Census data. "They worked hard and did everything they could, but in the end, they were brought down by the national Democratic Party brand".

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is interviewed by news organizations as he campaigns for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Chamblee. They called him a "rubber stamp for Pelosi's agenda".

And she played down the significance of the Georgia race, pointing out how Ossoff reduced a 25-point Republican win in 2016 to a four-point win.

  • Larry Hoffman