In Georgia, Handel thanks Trump and reaches out to Democrats

Postado Junho 22, 2017

Democrats poured more than $30 million into the Georgia Sixth District race, only to see their candidate lose by about 3.8 percentage points. Their contest had become the most expensive House race in USA history, with both candidates raising a cumulative $56.7 million.

Republican Karen Handel, author of a book about Planned Parenthood titled Planned Bullyhood, ran a repulsive campaign.

In 2017, the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, there have been five congressional special elections, and as of last night, Republicans have now won four of them, including a key victory in a hard-fought race in Georgia.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said it turned out to be a referendum on Planned Parenthood.

Ossoff said that his donors were primarily small, while Handel's were big donors, and added: "But there's no question that money in politics is a major problem, which is one of the reasons that we need campaign finance reform so that candidates and campaigns will spend more time talking to voters and discussing the issues and less time raising money".

The bulk of the money raised by the campaigns went to Ossoff.

Planned Parenthood said it was encouraged by the loss, pointing out that Mr. Price carried the seat by 23 points in November.

"Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district", Trump tweeted at 5:49 a.m.

To that end, Democrats in the Lone Star State are trying to saddle Republicans, not only with Trump, but the policies of Texas Republicans like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov, Greg Abbott and even House Speaker Joe Straus.

As expected, a Republican also won Tuesday's special election in SC to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney, now President Trump's budget director. Her win also seems to show the Republican strategy of tying Democratic candidates to the liberal House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-California), can still be a winning one.

With the addition of Handel, there will be 105 women representatives in Congress, accounting for 19.6 percent of overall members, according to the center's data. President Trump was quick to react to Handel's win, tweeting, "Things are looking great for Karen H!"

Not only that, Democrats have gone 0-4 in special elections in the Trump era so far.

"We have a lot work to do", Handel said.

"We need to have that discussion", Rep. Seth Moulton, a 38-year-old Democrat and Iraq War veteran from MA, told NBC News of whether Pelosi should stick around.

A district that has been sending Republicans to Washington for almost four decades sent another one to our federal city on Tuesday. 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. Mulvaney beat his last Democratic opponent by 20 points, The Herald reported Tuesday.