Republican wins pricey $79m Georgia race

"The honest answer is in some areas of the country - yes, she is", Ryan said.

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela from Texas told Politico that you'd have to be an idiot to think that Democrats could win with the current Democratic leader in the House.

Some Democrats saw Handel's failure to maintain the 23-point lead won by the district's previous Republican victor - current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - as a positive sign for the future. Despite spending more than $30 million, Ossoff lost the district by a wider margin than Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Tim Ryan (R-OH), who challenged Pelosi for the leadership a year ago, said on CNN: "The brand is just bad".

"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party. She said the first step in developing an effective strategy is forcing a change in leadership. That a win in Georgia was going to be a huge referendum on what they perceive as unhappiness with the GOP party and our president blanketing the American landscape.

Trump was quick to celebrate the Georgia win and accused Democrats of standing in the way of a legislative agenda bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election. "It depends on what the world is like in three-and-a-half years", he told Frank Bruni of the New York Times, adding that a better performing economy will be an advantage to Trump in 2020.

Let me pause here to say that just as winning this race for Republicans was a morale booster, losing this race definitely kicks Democrats in the gut.

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.

"We are spending way too much time talking about Donald Trump and we're being overwhelmed with our own anger toward him", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap". Many Democrats hope to harness that energy during the 2018 mid-terms, when the entire House will be up for re-election.

"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said. We need a vision-where are we going?

Pelosi reportedly loves the idea of single-payer health care, but she still discounted Bernie Sanders' mention of it during his bid for the presidency.

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