"We have to remember that these elections are being held in districts hand-picked by Trump - districts where he created vacancies because he thought they were "can't lose" seats", Klain told CNN. The reality in American politics is that House districts are drawn so tightly to favor one party that beating incumbents is almost impossible. Trying to win on the other party's turf is usually a losing proposition.
Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. Prominently mixed into this dog's breakfast of recriminations, mostly from the party's activist left, there is at least one recurring thread: Democrats do not have, either by omission or commission, a cohesive economic message.
The second lesson is particularly important; it's the reason the partisan gerrymandering case justices have chose to take up in their 2017-18 term may have more impact on the complexion of Congress than anything Donald Trump does.
Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC. Before that, the district was represented by former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He was a messianic, baby-faced neophyte slated to stage a Macron-esque takeover of Georgia's sixth congressional district in the #Resistance's first great blow to Trump's America. She's raised more money for House Democrats than any other candidate in history who didn't run for president - about $560 million since taking the leader's chair in 2003, Politico reported. In any event, Trump's record disapproval numbers clearly failed to cripple Handel, who kept the president at arm's length for most of the campaign.
For Republicans, Handel's win had to offer some reassurance in Washington.
The outcome "better be a wake-up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said over Twitter. Republicans hammered Ossoff in Georgia with ads labeling him the "hand-picked" candidate of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.More news: Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks
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On June 20, Handel defeated Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff in a race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat. Mulvaney, who is a founding member of the far-right Freedom Caucasus of the Republican party, won by landslides in each of his elections. For one thing, Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer, did outperform his district's partisan leanings by six points, according to Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.
"What's really important is that Donald Trump has seized the narrative back, that he's doing better with the voters than Democrats think he is", he said.
"I don't see it that way", Goldberg said.
To note the significance, Handel also shared a story from the campaign trail of meeting a young girl who the Congresswoman-elect said had been following the race. On Tuesday the Democrat running in SC with nearly no national attention or money came nearly as close to winning as Ossoff.
But in recent weeks, both candidates had in many ways shied away from talking about the controversial president, with Ossoff trying to present himself as nearly nonpartisan and refusing to support higher taxes for wealthy people or a single-payer health care plan.