White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

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Republicans may see holding the seats as one sign that Trump's agenda and lack of popularity may not be as damaging for the party as Democrats hope.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts), tweeted that Ossoff's loss "better be a wake up call for Democrats" to look ahead, not backwards.

The Georgia race featured a nail-biting finish, with the possibility of flipping a traditionally-Republican district.

In South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman beat his Democratic opponent Archie Parnell by only 3.2 percent, .6 percent closer than Handel's win, in a much redder district. "This is about being able to take the Democratic party in a direction that is actually going to help us win seats and get back into the majority".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement: "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated".

Other Democrats were more blunt.

While all of America had its eyes set on the special election in Georgia Tuesday, a race for a U.S. House seat in SC proved to be a surprisingly close result for the Democratic Party.

But it could give Republicans a boost in confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Mr Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, who supported Pelosi's bid to keep her leadership seat past year, told Politico.

Her victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring. The $25 million raised was not enough to reverse the luck of the Democrats, who suffered defeat in districts within Kansas, Montana and SC. "Although I will say one thing: Maybe it shows that all the money in the world can't buy an election".

Professor of political science at Kennesaw University in Georgia Kerwin Swint, in a phone interview, said: "The only reason Ossoff was competitive is the Democrats were very agitated, very motivated to try and give Donald Trump a black eye".

Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful previous year in trying to unseat Pelosi.

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently refrained from taking on the president as he tried to win over centrist voters.

President Donald Trump riffed on Democrats at his campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday, saying the party has been "unbelievably nasty" while at the same time admitting he hasn't made bipartisanship easy.

"I hope they keep Nancy for 10 more years". She said she has told Democrats to stop focusing on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Republicans could pass a health care bill that Americans hate - or don't hate.