Gergen: Trump could beat Dems in 2020

Rice's criticisms have been joined by a couple other Democrats. The $25 million raised was not enough to reverse the luck of the Democrats, who suffered defeat in districts within Kansas, Montana and SC.

"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party". If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. She also welcomed a parade of national GOP figures to Atlanta to help her raise money, with Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence holding fundraisers following Trump's April visit. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi a year ago, at $592,500.

Asked by Lemon if he thought Pelosi was more toxic than Trump, Ryan said yes.

"There are a lot of really important battles that we came out of on top of even as the minority", he said.

The focus on Pelosi comes in part because she's the only figure in Democratic politics who is universally known and detested on the right.

But it's her fundraising skills that are regarded as a key political asset. Got one more crack at it in the 6th - his was a special election, too - and finally broke through. They worked perfectly in Georgia, ' said Gingrich, who used to represent the district in Congress that Ossoff just lost.

The Democrat, who spoke as part of a Washington Post panel discussion, urged his congressional colleagues to learn from what's happening in states like MA and to support enhanced funding and access for opioid addiction treatment - particularly as the Senate prepares to consider legislation that could impact resources available through the Affordable Care Act. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost". Trump wrote, referring to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Pelosi acknowledged the attacks but added, "I think I'm worth the trouble". 'And I hope that the Democrats keep her right where she is for a long, long time.

The challenge of Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, 43, for the leadership post after the election fell far short. Mark Warner, D-Va., whose panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, speaks with reporters after final votes for the week, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.

"But her time has come and gone", Kathleen Rice, a Democratic congressman from NY, said on MSNBC yesterday morning. "She is a great leader".

"We're not focusing on the economic messages". The election will "embolden the Republicans and President Trump" to claim a mandate but that the Republicans just eeked out a win in a wealthy, educated Congressional district that has been held for 40 years. Party leaders profess encouragement from the trends, but the latest losses mean they will have to rally donors and volunteers after a tough stretch of special elections.

A sample of the voting ballot for Georgia's sixth congressional district.

  • Larry Hoffman