Dems come up short in special elections, but find a silver lining

Handel edged out her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, in a much anticipated run-off election to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message". But taking a step back, there's a silver lining for the party that's come up short: if Democrats can seriously compete in red districts in red states like these, they can seriously compete nearly anywhere.

But Handel won the race, which turned out to be the most expensive House race in history, and now some elected Democrats around the country are pointing their finger at Pelosi.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed with Scarborough, saying the mistake that Democrats make is presuming that just because Trump has low approval ratings, voters will shy away from Republican candidates.

"President Trump's hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs".

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.

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Seven months after a majority in the district pulled the lever for the presidential candidate with an "R" on the ballot, they did the same in the special congressional election.

Voters may be wary of President Donald Trump, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains an albatross for Democrats, one that Republican victor Karen Handel effectively exploited in the Georgia race. The Democrat loser raised around $23million for his campaign, compared to Handel's $4million.

Tim Ryan criticized his fellow Democrats Wednesday night for being "obsessed" with President Trump and not focusing on the issues that actually matter to working people.

That might become especially clear this week, as Republican senators unveil a health care plan that's likely to cut critical Obamacare benefits and coverage for millions of people in red states and districts. Democrats also overperformed in three other special elections held so far this year, as seen in the chart with his essay. "Give him a chance", they said over and over.

That did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, urging voters to support Handel before the election and celebrating her victory afterward.

Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton - who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post a year ago - said: "I think that's a question for the caucus to decide".

  • Sonia Alvarado