Tight finish seen in Atlanta congressional race, Trump weighs in

President Donald Trump taunted Democrats on Twitter just after Republicans won two closely watched special congressional elections. In South Carolina's 5th District race, where Democrats spent only $250,000, Archie Parnell lost by an even narrower margin to Republican Ralph Norman. Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election.

- "Wake-up call" -At least one Democratic lawmaker called Ossoff's loss a "wake-up call for Democrats". You get reliable intelligence and forecasts on more than a dozen factors that affect the economy and are critical to your business and financial success.

"Tonight, the people of Georgia's sixth district overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump's agenda of replacing our broken health care system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment", said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

"What will more than US$30 million (S$42 million) get you?"

That's what Democrats in Texas, and across the nation are hoping for.

Ellison said the Georgia 6th was not as competitive as 64 other House seats that Democrats could win in 2018 to wrest control away from Republicans, adding, "They're the ones who better be anxious".

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night, Donald Trump made sure to praise the Republican victories, but taking multiple shots at the Democratic Party for allegedly being "obstructionists".

In Georgia's 6th District, the Democrat candidate Rodney Stooksbury spent nothing and won 124,917 votes in November of 2016.

"I don't want to offend anyone here, but if the Democrats want to start winning..."

About four hours by auto from Atlanta, South Carolina's fifth congressional district was not considered a competitive race for Democrats.

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. House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated".

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message". An Ossoff victory might have scared Republicans into siding with the majority of Americans who disapprove of the disgusting man occupying the White House.

- Trump gloats, Ossoff vows to fight -Trump's party also claimed victory in another congressional race Tuesday, in neighboring SC.

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