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Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020

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Handel, an establishment Republican and former state secretary of state, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, U.S. television networks projected, denying Democrats what would have been their first election victory of the year.

But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC.

The ultra-liberal House minority leader was featured in numerous GOP ads linking her to 30-year-old political novice Jon Ossoff, a Democratic recruit, in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election. They must pick up 24 seats to do so.

But the ashen, sour and dejected faces on CNN Tuesday night following Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's defeat made the last 10 days of Republicans' worry and anxiety worthwhile.

"I don't think this is [about] one person", Dingell said, adding that Democrats need to figure out how to come together as a party and craft a winning message before the 2018 midterms. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" tweeted Trump, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back the candidate.

President Donald Trump concludes his remarks to reporters during his meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on June 20. I don't understand why more attention hasn't been focused on his incredible showing.

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The commander-in-chief then posted a third tweet , writing "Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th". 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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The Democrats had portrayed each of the races as a referendum on Trump's scandal-plagued presidency.

In fact Pelosi, 77, has emerged as a favorite GOP bogeyman and was the target of a barrage of negative advertising in the Georgia House race, mocking her as a San Francisco liberal and tying her to Ossoff. Democrats need to focus on turning out their base, and utilizing locals matters more than a flood of outside money and experts. After all, it still looks like a lousy year for Republicans; it's not entirely clear why looking marginally less lousy should change the calculations behind legislative votes. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.

Nancy Pelosi emerged as a more effective messaging foil for Republicans than Donald Trump was for Democrats.

As the results rolled in Tuesday, AshLee Strong, spokeswoman to House Speaker Paul Ryan, mused over Twitter, "Remember when they told us we'd be punished in the special elexs for following through on our promise to #RepealAndReplace #obamacare?"

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

"Every morning I wake up and I take a moment to be thankful that the Republican Party still has Nancy Pelosi because Nancy Pelosi is absolutely toxic", Corry Bliss, the executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned super PAC, told The Washington Times. This is a Republican district, and they won it like they should have; just like they won the other two special elections in Kansas and Montana this year. He should have stuck with his actual beliefs to get the large Hispanic and Jewish and wealthy transient Democrats in the sixth.

"Then there's also the numerous times Pelosi has praised former neoconservative and Wall Street shill President George W. Bush - she even wished for him to be back in the White House".

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