Ossoff Outspends Handel, Then Bemoans Lack of Campaign Finance Reform

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Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members.

Also, in the past three midterm elections, more than 80 percent of voters who disapproved of the president voted against his party in House races.

Georgia wasn't the only state to hold special elections this week as Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archi Parnell with 51.1 percent of the vote in SC, 5th Congressional District. At that time, Democrats held 233 seats to the Republicans' 202.

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco? "We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent".

Ossoff's losing 1.2 percent of Clinton's GA-6 vote after the Democratic party put everything, emotionally and financially, on the line for a candidate they equated to their only remaining widely liked leader, has worrisome implications. Republicans. One such ad warned that Ossoff would be a "rubber stamp for Pelosi's agenda".

Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game, and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working. "It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team".

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Surprisingly, Martin didn't let Ossoff off the hook that easily and pressed him on the fact that his campaign had outspent Republican Karen Handel by $2 million in ads alone.

The win in Georgia also could strengthen the political will of Republicans in Congress evaluating their next steps on what polls show is a deeply unpopular replacement of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law and on a tax package. Republicans have won all four of the four special elections that have been held under President Trump.

"If you look at the numbers, these are all seats where just seven months ago (Republicans) won by double digits, and they were nail-biters after Trump takes office", said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

But despite the string of losses in special elections, some Democrats said there were reasons to be encouraged. Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year.

Karen Handel was also congratulated by the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who in his statement said, "Congratulations to Karen Handel on a hard-earned and well-deserved victory". On abortion, where public opinion has been stable, Democrats have ditched their old attempts at moderation, undercutting the gains that secularization and the liberal turn on other culture-war issues should have naturally delivered them.

"Amazed watching Dem pundits say going 0-4 this means they need to go further left". And then she continued: "At some point we have to be willing to say that yes, lots of conservative voters are hateful and willing to embrace bigots".

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