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After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

Handel constantly reminded voters that Ossoff could not vote in the election because he did not reside there.

Indeed the best news Democrats got Tuesday night was that a different special House race, in SC, ended up closer than the Georgia contest even though it had drawn little national attention.

The commander-in-chief then posted a third tweet, writing "Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th". She became Georgia's first female Republican Congresswoman-elect on Tuesday night.

"He was more than gracious and he thanked me for a spirited campaign". But we also didn't need to win this race to achieve our dream: Taking back the House.

But for Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing. He added: "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future".

Trump weighed into the race, tweeting support for Handel.

Instead, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, bested Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District".

She also referenced her perseverance in the business and political worlds.

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"It's that fighting spirit, that perseverance and tenacity that I will take to Washington", she said on Tuesday night. "We've laid a marker on the ground - next year will be brutal for Republicans, because they won't be able to spend tens of millions in every district", Moulitsas said.

Later on Twitter, Ossoff wrote that for months the district "has been a beacon of hope for people across the country".

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A little after 10:30 p.m. ET, Handel took the stage and told supporters she'd received a call from Ossoff conceding the race. It is a test of GOP strength early in President Donald Trump's presidency. This year, they are 0-for-4 in special elections, from Kansas to Montana to Georgia and SC.

Still, Ossoff's loss may force Democrats to retool their strategy as they look ahead to next year's midterm elections, when all of the seats in House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs.

Handel, obviously won and is headed for Washington to represent her district in Congress. Had the party instead sent more of its dollars to SC, it just might have snuck in an upset. "The congressional probes and a Justice Department special counsel investigation that followed, as well as daily charges from Democrats that Mr. Trump and his campaign were involved in treasonous acts that rendered his presidency illegitimate, met scant pushback from Republican leaders in Congress".

Georgia voters steadily streamed into suburban Atlanta polling places Tuesday to decide the most expensive House race in US history and put weeks of television ads, phone calls and ringing doorbells behind them. These are red districts where Trump picked cabinet members because he knew the GOP would likely win the contests for the seats they vacated. They found an attractive candidate, Jon Ossoff, to run against the Republican Karen Handel and, with the help of out-of-state groups, poured $22 million into supporting him.

Citing the June 14 shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise injured, Handel urged a "more civil way to deal with our disagreements". Super PACs and the National Republican Congressional Committee contributed a combined $18.2 million to defend the seat once occupied by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Georgia Sen.

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