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Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".

Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.

Pelosi, 77, has led House Democrats since 2003.

"Republicans have held this seat for 37 years", said Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. With the president's approval rating well underwater, the Democrats felt they had a chance of scoring an upset, and outside donors flooded Ossoff's war chest with nearly $25 million, helping to make the race the most expensive in House history.

"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. Democrats spent millions of dollars in hopes to "flip the 6th" district long held by Republicans, making it the most expensive congressional race in US history, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

"It is Pelosi", Todd said, "who remains a pretty big drag for Democrats at the polls in certain districts, particularly this one".

Back in 2001 Hoyer and Pelosi faced each other for the top leadership position inside the Democratic caucus, but have largely worked collaboratively in the top two slots for years.

"[Ossoff] Race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton of MA tweeted out. But now that President Barack Obama is out of office, Pelosi is really the only game in town for the GOP. And according to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI), there are 241 House districts that are more Republican than the national average vs. just 194 seats that are more Democratic.

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Progressives certainly aren't cozy with Pelosi, and have called for her to no longer serve as a Democratic party figurehead.

"A loss is a loss".

Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability. "But not good news" for Republicans, who were all-out to defend what should have been a safe seat.

Still savoring from their victory in Georgia, Republicans were quick to thank Pelosi for helping them hold onto another congressional seat. So it isn't surprising that it stayed red on Tuesday - even though Ossoff's opponent, Karen Handel, is a proud vote suppressor and opponent of LGBTQ rights who said the words "I do not support a livable wage" aloud during a debate.

"Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!"

In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi. At one point, Thompson's campaign publicly feuded with the state Democratic Party after the party would not approve $20,000 for the campaign.

"They're still running against her and still winning races, and it's still a problem", Mr. Ryan said. "The same exhausted, centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice". "Another Democratic leader would not start with that level of name recognition". Some expressed fears about the same tactic being used elsewhere as they aim to take back control of the House in next year's midterms. Voters may have given the GOP two wins on Tuesday, but they also delivered a message. "We will take the many lessons learned. and apply them to the battlefield".

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