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

The Democrats desperately wanted a Republican defeat in a House race so they could use it to show that Trump's popularity was evaporating and they were on the comeback trail for the 2018 midterm elections.

Ossoff obtained the most amount of votes during the special election held in April, but failed to win the election by majority, forcing a runoff against Handel. They pick people who are in safe and tough districts for Democrats to win.

What we learned from Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia is that there is no magical solution to the country's Trump problem. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District". I just feel like we're so disconnected from what real people are thinking about. Sure. The Democrats need to do more to cultivate their next generation of national leadership. In the aftermath of the Ossoff loss, quite a few Democrats have reached the conclusion that they need more of a message than just positioning themselves as anti-Trump or continuing to bang on about Russian Federation, the Washington Post and other news outlets have reported. Maybe we find a candidate with a bit more experience.

"When we ask them about the economy ... most Democrats expect a recession over the next year, and most Republicans expect economic growth", says Richard Curtin, who directs the University of Michigan's well-known survey. By 12:17 AM, the gap narrowed to Handel at 51.87% to Ossoff's 48.13%, where it appears the final count has rested.

Ellison said the Georgia 6th was not as competitive as 64 other House seats that Democrats could win in 2018 to wrest control away from Republicans, adding, "They're the ones who better be anxious".

"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation".

Trump basked in victory Wednesday night at a Make America Great Again rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the Democrats have the momentum, but the party has to do some "internal soul searching". Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House. Democrats are going to have to flip some of these seats to win back a majority. The plan that was going to save the average family $2,500 per year but actually raised costs by up to $8,000?

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. Since then the representatives from the 6th District have been Johnny Isakson, now a U.S. Senator from Georgia, and Tom Price, who vacated the seat to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration.

Trump, in Atlanta for a National Rifle Association convention, held a closed-door fundraiser for Handel. She pointed voters instead to her "proven conservative record" as a state and local elected official. "He's just not one of us", her ads said, and this message was reinforced by tying him to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - and perhaps inadvertently by Ossoff's own promise to "grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the South".

But when it came to the fellow who lives in the White House, the guy who Tweeted those nice things about her, Handel gave her specific thanks to "the President of the United States", carefully avoiding the words "Donald" and "Trump".

It was enough to help Handel raise more than $5 million, not a paltry sum in a congressional race, but only about a fifth of Ossoff's fundraising haul.

It's a message the Republican establishment is clinging to, especially those looking ahead to 2018.

As a matter of fact, in his quest to label Handel unsuitable for office, Ossoff largely limited himself to attacks with a GOP-stamp of approval. "I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters".