Dems come up short in special elections, but find a silver lining
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 0:42
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.
"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".
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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.
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.