Georgia Dems search for upsides in House loss

Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race.

Republican Karen Handel of Georgia won the most expensive congressional race in history, avoiding a Democratic upset in a race widely seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump.

Jim Dean, chairman of the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America, criticized Ossoff for "lighting millions of dollars on fire". And control of the House of Representatives could still be in play in the 2018 midterm elections.

"I hope they keep Nancy for 10 more years", Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "And I don't think we're doing enough of that, and I think that's evident in this [Ossoff] race". That's why Nancy Pelosi and her allies are pouring millions into his campaign.

Things are falling apart for Nancy Pelosi, and that spells good news for Pelosi's Democratic primary rival Stephen Jaffe. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".

Pelosi, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said she's confident she has the support in her caucus.

Ossoff, 30 years old, had been working for quite some time to raise money for his campaign, calling on progressives around the country who were in opposition of President Donald Trump.

The Georgia victory was an important win for the Republican party, following Mr Ossoff's better-than-expected performance in the first-round election last month, but has left Democrats frustrated after a record-breaking funding drive failed to generate a win.

Research shows that as the partisan divide has grown in the USA, more educated voters have tended to lean Democratic. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future", tweeted Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. "They usually go after the most effective leaders, because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have". So it's time for change. Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority. "And in our state and for me, marriage is between one man and one woman", Handel said.

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership. Republicans could pass a health care bill that Americans hate - or don't hate.

Rice attended the closed-door House Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday morning but said she did not raise the issue in the session.

Handel also said that she would "absolutely" consider prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from adopting children.

By a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent, the former Georgia secretary of state beat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s.

The Georgia race ends as the most expensive House campaign in US history, with a tab that may exceed $50 million.

  • Leroy Wright