Republicans Are 4-0 Defending Seats, but Could Still Be in Trouble

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton echoed Rice's complaints in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, this is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership.

As Democrats point fingers in the wake of Jon Ossoff's loss in a Georgia special election on Tuesday, some of them are aimed at Nancy Pelosi, the party's longtime House leader, who appeared in nearly every GOP attack ad broadcast in the most expensive House race in history.

"I've said from the very beginning that this race was and remained about the people of the 6th District", said Handel.

Instead, Democrats have spent $35 million on the race in Georgia, another on Tuesday in SC, and two more in Montana and Kansas. Where do we want to go as a party?

It's not just Ossoff's loss, as well as the loss in three other special election House races since the election, that has Democrats looking for a leadership change.

Rice, like others who spoke out, backed a failed challenge to Pelosi earlier this year from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with then-President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in January. And we need a message - how are we going to get there?

I wonder if that had to do with what may be a misperception that college-educated, well-to-do whites are more alarmed about President Trump than working-class people and African-Americans.

She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy. "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. Joe Cunningham, running for the House in SC, promised on Wednesday morning that he would not vote for Pelosi for Speaker if elected.

BENNETT: Another reason why Democrats shouldn't feel all that demoralized is Karen Handel's slim margin of victory, says House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sanchez. In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".

While Democrats are unlikely to take any advice offered by the president, several have called for new strategies following Ossoff's loss.

Democrats must defend their current districts and win 24 GOP-held seats to regain a House majority next November.

Despite the backlash from some Democrats, Pelosi still has a strong base of support within the party.

In Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Democrats spent over $20 million with millions more pouring in from outside groups.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that invested millions in the race, argued in a memo to lawmakers, "Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of" and "we have a unique opportunity to flip control of the House of Representatives in 2018".

  • Julie Sanders