White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

Moreover, the race garnered the attention of the entire nation, including the likes of President Donald Trump.

Handel, an establishment Republican and former state secretary of state, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, U.S. television networks projected, denying Democrats what would have been their first election victory of the year.

"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security", Trump tweeted. In an 11Alive News-Survey USA poll one week before Tuesday's runoff, just 5 percent of Trump voters said they would vote for Ossoff, while just 4 percent of Hillary Clinton voters said they would switch parties to vote for Handel.

"The Georgia results ought to be a warning shot for Democrats, not a battle cry".

The Georgia loss sparked a quick reaction from Democrats. "It's about: Are you getting your message across to the voters in your area?" "The expenditure of tens of millions between the April primary and the June 20 second round had no impact on the outcome".

Democrats and others on the left are reading some interesting things into the GOP win of Georgia's 6th District.

The election was grueling, but Handel came out victorious.

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently backed off that approach.

Both candidates tried to focus on local issues and avoided mentioning Trump, whose approval rating sits at 37 percent, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. "Half of whites approve of the job Trump is doing as President, and 44 disapprove - the only major demographic group in which more approve than disapprove".

"Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", tweeted Representative Seth Moulton of MA. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future".

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message".

"They took a special election and blew it out of proportion", said David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University.

Handel thanked President Trump during her victory speech as well as Vice President Mike Pence, demonstrating a Republican party far more solid than anticipated. The Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, barely missed winning a majority against 17 opponents in the April primary. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018".

The Democratic Party backing first-time candidate Ossoff, as well as the media, portrayed the election as a national referendum on President Trump and his policies.

  • Jon Douglas