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Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Pelosi's defiant comments came as Democrats remained angry and divided after throwing some $30 million into a House race in Georgia on Tuesday, only to end up with a loss that wasn't even very close. She made a huge turnaround, going from 7 points behind Democrat Jon Ossoff in the first week of June polls to a dead heat a week later and a solid 52-48 percent win Tuesday. 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.

In fact, according to a report in Vox, the main takeaway of the special elections held in 2017 is that the Republicans are in trouble.

And that same thing begins with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

- Karen Handel won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia to avoid a major upset ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands.

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.

Democrats have blown through $35 million on special elections since President Donald Trump took office and do not have a single victory to show for it. "We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent". "And I'm not sure that that's there yet". "But today I don't feel that way at all - I feel proud".

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the party is in desperate need of fresh faces in its leadership ranks.

And at least one Democratic House candidate is also calling on Pelosi to step aside, tweeting Wednesday morning that he would not vote for Pelosi for speaker if he was elected.

"If we had even a little bit of Democrat support", Trump added, they could cut a deal, but "they just want to obstruct".

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"NAPKIN MATH: Ossoff raised $23.6 million to make a symbolic run against President Trump, most of it from Marin County, California and Martha's Vineyard in MA".

Mid-term elections in November next year present the Democratic Party with an opportunity to claw back some seats in the House, where Republicans now hold a majority.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.

While I don't know the degree to which that's true, it's plainly obvious that for much of the right, the House Democratic leader is effectively a culture-war totem.

"The president's numbers are in the thirties and our base is energized", she wrote.

Many rank-and-file Democrats were not having it. "A loss is a loss is a loss and there's no excuses".

It is certainly morale-sapping for Democrats who still have not figured out how to secure a win over Mr Trump.

But others, including Moulton, said momentum is not enough.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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