The latest GOP victor is Karen Handel, who won about 52 percent of the vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to quell the upstart phenomenon of Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat who raised more than $23 million and became a symbol of opposition to President Donald Trump.
While the White House had played down the national importance of the Georgia race, Trump had gone all in on Handel, and the Republican Party no doubt sees the victory as a shot in the arm as it prepares to fight to preserve its control of Congress in next year's mid-term elections. Ossoff made his campaign about "resistance" to Trump instead of about why his policies would be better than those of his opponent for the people of Georgia's sixth congressional district.
Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Watson credited Handel for "crushing liberal dreams".
"It's not up to them", the California Democrat said of members calling for her to let someone else give it a try, before calling herself a "master legislator". So, it was only a matter of time before they started turning on each other. Because it is those races that will determine whether Democrats are competitive between 2022 and 2030, and possibly beyond. "And it never will be again".
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. Ossoff had a paid campaign staff of over 70 people.
Drawing those big, national conclusions from one out of 435 congressional districts - especially one that I argued Tuesday is highly unique in the Age of Trump - is always a fraught exercise.
Consider that last November both of the seats were won by Republican candidates by more than 20 points, but on Tuesday night by fewer than 4. Democrats have been overperforming in those races by historical margins. By contrast, 56 percent of Handel's contributions came from in-state donors. Republicans kept a House seat with a six-point victory over Ossoff, even after $31 million was pumped into his campaign by the political left.
"A special thanks to the president of the United States of America", Handel said late Tuesday night as her supporters chanted, "Trump! But we don't agonize, we organize - organize inside the House and mobilize outside for the good of the American people", she wrote. The Hollywood elites, whose judgment is severely contaminated anyway, received a stunning rebuke, as they continue to seek their first significant victory since Clinton lost.
That was more or less the approach of Hillary Clinton previous year, and, to a lesser extent, Davis in 2014.
Unaffiliated, or "no party" voters as they are known in Iowa, make up 36 percent of the electorate, compared with 33 percent who register Republican and 31 percent registered Democrat. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, fared no better, falling just shy of 45 percent against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal. Many in the Democratic Party have been questioning Pelosi's leadership, and there are now calls for her to step down as House Minority Leader. "Indicates teams going in different directions", Jason Carter himself noted Wednesday morning on Twitter. To what extent did national media attention bolster the partisanship factor?
Dan Pfeiffer, a long-time senior aide to former President Barack Obama, tweeted that Democrats need a "progressive populist candidate" focused on the economy and the GOP's health care effort to win tough House races.
Ossoff's campaign was less direct in trying to link Handel with Trump, who barely edged Clinton in November in the 6th District.
By fiercely contesting a congressional race in the conservative Atlanta suburbs, Democrats had hoped to make an emphatic statement about the weakness of the Republican Party under President Donald Trump.
"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday.