Democrats Play Blame Game With Pelosi After Georgia Election - To GOP's Glee

The most expensive House race in history concluded last night in suburban Atlanta with Republican Karen Handel holding off Democrat Jon Ossoff in a race both parties were desperate to win. After a bit of crowing about the failure of "fake news" fueled, big spending candidates and a shout-out to Fox News, President Donald Trump offered up this: "Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security".

Republican Karen Handel won the special congressional election in Georgia on Tuesday, fending off a challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff in the heavily Republican House district. One of the names picked was Tom Price, a Republican congressman from George who eventually was confirmed as the newest Secretary of Health and Human Services. In another tweet, Trump also congratulated Republican Ralph Norman, who won a special congressional election in SC.

Democrats came close but still lost two other contested special elections earlier this year for Republican-held seats in conservative Kansas and Montana, and the outcomes in Georgia and SC could put a crimp in the party's fundraising and candidate recruitment.

Democrats poured more than $30 million into the Georgia Sixth District race, only to see their candidate lose by about 3.8 percentage points.

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That was Politico's response to Trump's midnight tweet which said: "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!"

Below is a breakdown of the money that Democrats have spent on every special election that they have lost.

"Media headlines this week should be: Democrats go 0-4 in special elections. voters reject socialism", he added in a follow-up tweet.

Representative Ben Ray Lujan, head of the Democrats' House campaign committee, said in a memo that polls showed a handful of Republican incumbents are facing tough races and that dozens of districts were winnable for Democrats.

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The Georgia special election was the most expensive congressional race in us history. To achieve their required net gain of at least 24 seats, Democratic need to win some contests like last night's race.

Six women have served in Congress representing Georgia as Democrats since 1940, including Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who served several terms in Congress, most recently from 2005-2007, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics. Republicans have held that seat since Newt Gingrich won it in 1978, although Mr. Trump barely won the district by 1.5 percent in 2016. In each case, Republicans had to scramble to prevail in districts they expected to win without breaking a sweat.

Murphy also said "the fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda".

Hollywood insiders like Chelsea Handler and Georgia Takei donated to Ossoff's campaign, and other celebrities like Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, and Kyra Sedgwick all donated their time towards the campaign.

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With a "resist" message, Democrats sought to make the recent special elections a referendum on Trump's unpopular first several months in office - but that strategy appears to have backfired.

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