Trump Takes Victory Lap After Georgia: 'We're 5 to 0'

"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. He added later: "The fight goes on".

Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent $30m trying to flip.

House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated Handel on a "hard-earned" victory.

Although it wasn't the kind of double-digit blowout Republicans are accustomed to in a district that until a few months ago had been represented by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, it still wasn't even close. Pundits labeled it a harbinger for the 2018 midterms, arguing a win by 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff could signal a "blue wave" next November.

Republicans can feel better about the state of things than they could if they had lost.

Just before 11 p.m., he tweeted congratulations to Handel and Norman.

However, it was Trump's collapse - besting Hillary Clinton by just 1.5 points in the district in 2016 - that led Democrats to believe it could be in play. Trump tweeted, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back Handel.

Pelosi's job is secure, but insiders say to expect a raucous House Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday when the results are discussed.

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

The Georgia special election was the most expensive congressional race in USA history.

Ossoff is a former congressional staff member turned documentary filmmaker who has become a symbol of the anti-Trump movement.

Handel handled Trump gingerly during the campaign. The party barely managed to avoid losing the seat outright back in April, when Ossoff came within two percentage points of a majority in the district's jungle primary.

The race did not become a clear referendum on Trump's first 150 days in office.

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff concedes to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Milano, who's broke as a joke and doesn't pay her taxes, is now 0-5 in backing losers.

We also know that the Ossoff campaign had 12,000 volunteers, a number seldom reached by statewide candidates. Ossoff lives in Atlanta, south of the suburban district. He has said the address is close to Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school. "He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals". The PVI measures how strongly a district or state leans Republican or Democratic compared to the nation as a whole by comparing the district's average Republican or Democratic share of the two-party presidential vote in the preceding two presidential elections to the nation's average share of the same. His party provided another $5 million.

The media focused great attention on Ossoff, but comparatively little focus on his Republican opponent Karen Handel. The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference. A super political action committee backed by Ryan spent $7 million alone.

Handel has benefited from outside money, too. She rarely mentioned the administration, despite holding a closed-door fundraiser with the president earlier this spring. The site also suggested that the minimum wage be adjusted "at a pace that allows employers to adapt their business plans". They can (and are) send out fundraising emails with this quote from the chair of House Republicans' campaign arm, Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio: "There are 435 seats up with 70 competitive seats, and they don't have $3.5 billion to spend so far on this election cycle".