White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

If the only message of the Democratic Party centers on Donald Trump, they're hanging their hopes on a wildly unpredictable, unstable individual.

Karen Handel's 4-point victory in Tuesday's special election for a House seat in Georgia makes clear that the Democrats' philosophy - the usual blend of high taxes, big government and identity politics- has not won over moderate voters.

The two Republican victories last night come as the latest set of close but no cigar losses for Democrats in special elections this year.

But he also called Tuesday's tight races a moral victory, remaining optimistic about the chances of Democrats in 2018.

Democratic leaders said there are at least 70 other districts that will be easier terrain for them than the one in Georgia after post-census gerrymandering in GOP-led states created so many heavily Republican districts. "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", the president declared.

The thank you to Trump was Handel's most public show of support of the man who wasn't embraced by many voters in the well-educated suburban Atlanta district in November and who she handled delicately throughout a primary and runoff election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Tom Price to take a spot in Trump's cabinet. After four special elections nationwide, Democrats still haven't won any seats. In a later tweet, he urged Democrats to "get together" with Republicans on healthcare, tax cuts and security. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins a year ago. "You were right. #winning".

BENNETT: A handful of Democrats pinned the party's loss in Georgia on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Not really: a year later, Republicans won 63 U.S. House seats and took control of the chamber.

According to the Associated Press, Handel stated during her campaign that voters' decision was not being affected by the President, citing her "proven conservative record" at the state and local level as an area for voters to consider. "That's no way to build a national party".

But Handel's win only buys some breathing room, as Russian Federation investigations, White House intrigue and policy disagreements on Capitol Hill continue to stall the GOP agenda in Washington.

Of course, there's more than one way to look at the results. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump only beat Hillary Clinton in that district by 1.5 percent.

The young Democrat appeared to understand the irony of his statement and offered that the intense fundraising was a result of the current political climate after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allows for greater political funding. "It is possible that he could actually get re-elected if Democrats aren't careful".

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. Gergen's analyses did not include the California race because there was only nominal Republican opposition in the heavily Democratic district and the victor was chosen by run-off.

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