Don't Believe Lazy Pundits: Ossoff Didn't Lose Because He Focused On Trump

After one of the most contentious and the most expensive Congressional races in us history, Handel easily defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent Tuesday night. All of the state's congressional seats, including Handel's, will be on the ballot as well. "It will only get better in 2018".

[F] or Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing. It started with then-Sen.

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Trump beat Clinton there by over 18 percent. The district was seen as within reach to Democrats because Trump won there last November by only 1 percentage point. But former Sen. Sam Nunn's daughter Michelle Nunn managed just 45 percent of the vote after an expensive race against Republican David Perdue, now the state's junior senator. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, fared no better, falling just shy of 45 percent against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

Yet not all Democrats are pinning the blame on Pelosi, whom Politico described as "the Democrat that Republicans most love to hate". Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently backed off that approach. Losses by Republicans in any of those races would likely have hastened the retirement of incumbents in competitive districts and would have emboldened strong potential Democratic candidates to jump in. "Indicates teams going in different directions", Jason Carter himself noted Wednesday morning on Twitter.

Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC. Parnell may have benefited from the lack of national attention on that race, though. In the much-anticipated battle against Republican Karen Handel in the special congressional election for Georgia's 6th district, the 30-year-old Democrat came up short, even though he spent more than six times the amount of money of his Republican counterpart, according to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, Handel linked Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Republican and conservative groups even connected him to Kathy Griffin and Steve Scalise's shooting.

Handel also turned Ossoff's residency about two miles outside the district into a cultural argument that his heart was actually 2,100 miles away, in San Francisco. "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Vela said.

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