Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

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

"What happened on that ballfield was a awful tragedy and we need to all continue to lift up Steve and the others who were injured that day", Handel said. And she remains the party's most prodigious fundraiser, bringing in $567.9 million for the party since she joined leadership in 2002. Initially, Ossoff's mantra was "Make Trump Furious". He modulated his rhetoric, calling for fiscal conservatism in his ads and focusing on jobs.

Schale said that in a district as red as Georgia's sixth, Democrats need the "perfect candidate" - someone who fits their constituents, rather than a "generic" progressive candidate. "And he still lost", Paul Kane writes in a dispatch from Sandy Springs, Ga.

Karen Handel, 55, a former Republican state official, won in the 6th congressional district of Georgia. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC. Would the existence of such a message have won Ossoff this race?

"In other words, the state Democratic Party is severely divided, as Ellis underscored after the party failed to win the seat in Georgia this week, taking to Twitter to declare, "#dem establishment hacks worst in biz. And there are far more registered Republicans in the district.

The focus on Pelosi comes in part because she's the only figure in Democratic politics who is universally known and detested on the right. And we have one goal: "winning in 2018". And we will fight.

And progressive activists' willingness to pour millions of dollars' worth of small-dollar online contributions into Ossoff's campaign - donations fueled nearly entirely by a desire to deal Trump a political setback - was what convinced Democrats to take the race seriously.

With all the attention on the race, turnout was up for a special election, and that helps the party with the registration advantage.

Target Book publisher Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist, and research director Rob Pyers warned in a recent op-ed piece that the seemingly vulnerable Republican incumbents Democrats hope to oust are still pretty popular locally.

"I'm very proud to represent San Francisco in the Congress", affirmed Pelosi. He predicted crowded, messy Democratic primaries in the most competitive seats.

The California Democrat has always been a bogeywoman Republicans have used to motivate their base and to woo independents as the personification of liberal values and a reminder of why even if they may like their individual member or candidate, a vote for that Democrat would be a step toward putting Pelosi back in the speaker's chair.

Pelosi has led House Democrats for almost 15 years, at one point as House speaker and more recently as minority leader.

But by the end of May, Handel herself had received more donations from outside Georgia than inside. His strong showing in Tuesday's special election - losing by three percentage points, or just fewer than 10,000 votes - isn't a complete failure by any stretch until one accounts for two variables: First, enthusiastic boosters poured more than $25 million into Ossoff's quixotic quest, making his campaign a bigger loss than perhaps it had to be (for comparison, his opponent raised less than $5 million for her campaign). Other outside groups and Handel also focused on this theme.

Pelosi held a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting on the Hill Wednesday morning. Trump will see the results in Georgia and conclude that he still has the Democrats' number. GOP candidates in 2018 will have to try to do the same thing unless the president's approval rating rises from where it is now, which is at about 40 percent.

"That means we basically can't lose anybody", the President said of the 52-48 Senate edge. Handel emphasized that pedigree often during her campaign and again during her victory speech.

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