South Carolina Dem Runs for House Seat on Anti-Nancy Pelosi Platform

While Georgia's sixth congressional district strongly favors Republicans, it is home to many highly-educated conservatives who had doubts about President Donald Trump.

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority. A group of her critics met Thursday in New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice's office, though it was not clear what if anything would come of it. She's also credited for many legislative successes on Capitol Hill.

Rice said she has spoken with a number of other House Democrats following Tuesday's loss, and some of those members - including Democratic whip Steny Hoyer and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn - share her concerns about the current leadership, .

"We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting to a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day". Pelosi and other Democratic leaders insisted that they demonstrated important progress by coming in a close second, and have a good shot at taking back the House in next year's midterm elections. They argued that the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's loss in the Republican held House seat in the Atlanta suburbs was further evidence that the party needed both a new message and messenger.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who also attended the meeting, said, "in every corner of our caucus, we're concerned". What if they dislike Democrats more than they do the president? "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost".

The criticism toward Pelosi is not new but the recent backlash against her led some liberals to reiterate their support for the long-time party leader.

Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late previous year from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her. "'That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin" Chuck stay!'

"I feel very confident in the support I have in the caucus", the California Democrat said.

Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs.

But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective. "This is a victory for us because it shows we can mobilize people in this district", she added.

Georgia's 6th shares numerous same characteristics as the districts that Democrats believe will pave their way to a House majority in 2018.

Yes, the GOP could still lose the House, but we're 400+ days from that election.

"The goal of the club to make sure the truth is out there, that the truth about Donald Trump is available to all the folks so they can make their own decisions", Hayes said.

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