Dem Rep Ryan: Democratic Party Has a 'Toxic National Brand'

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"I think we do need a bolder economic platform that speaks to wage stagnation and the need for new jobs ... and has new ideas that can capture people's attention and imagination", he told ABC News.

Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.

Indeed the best news Democrats got Tuesday night was a different special House race, in SC, ended up closer than the Georgia contest even though it had drawn little national attention.

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

A high turnout of Republican voters is believed to have boosted Karen Handel to victory in Georgia's special election Tuesday. Either way, to describe this as anything other than a hugely expensive and embarrassing loss for the party is to be completely delusional. "But we gave them a run for their money", she said, according to the source.

Turns out, both sides can be right this time.

The bottom line is that either Democrats had conned themselves into thinking they could win on the strength of Trump's unpopularity, or they willingly flushed $30 million down the drain. "And it never will be again". "All we do is win, win, win".

For eight years living in the traditionally conservative area, Cox kept her mouth shut about politics until she was certain of her neighbors' leanings.

The campaigns and outside groups combined to spend over $50 million.

Handel backers, though, hailed Tuesday's results as confirmation that the district remains solidly in the party's grasp. In terms of individual donations, Ossoff vastly outpaced Handel, with almost $24 million to her $4.5 million - though Handel was boosted by outside groups.

Bruce Reed, a top party leader and former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said as much before Ossoff's loss.

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Now, sure, there can be a real question about the message Ossoff delivered during the race.

That leaves Georgia Democratic Chairman Dubose Porter and other Democrats claiming some hope from Ossoff's defeat as both parties look ahead to the 2018 elections, when Democrats will try to dent Republicans' monopoly on statewide offices and the legislature.

"This was a pretty good fight. exciting to be a part of", Porter said of the Ossoff race. Political analysts agree that Ossoff's defeat Tuesday night doesn't necessarily spell doom-and-gloom for Democrats.

Yet Democrats have consistently fallen short of their own expectations since. The Cook Political Report analysis came to the same conclusion. Because Cecilia as you know, this was the most spent ever on a congressional race and Democrats still could not pull this off.

The Democrats have become so delusional that former Attorney General Eric Holder is thinking about joining the other twoscore Democrats considering a presidential run in 2020.

Along the way, Republicans have solidified near-supermajority control of the General Assembly.

Mollineau does not deny Democrats have work to do to in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections, but said that recent special election losses do not mean change must happen immediately.

Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant and Handel strategist, underscored her success in turning the contest into a normal partisan choice. "Indicates teams going in different directions", Jason Carter himself noted Wednesday morning on Twitter.

And while Democrats were mourning in Georgia Tuesday night, they nearly stole a House seat in SC where Archie Parnell came within about 2,800 votes and 3 percentage points of defeating Republican Ralph Norman.

Tim Ryan lost a challenge to longtime Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for leadership of House Democrats last fall. Crowley chairs the House Democratic Caucus, and he says it's important to remember that Democrats in those four races were trying to flip Republican strongholds, districts handpicked by the White House as President Trump tapped members of Congress to serve in his administration.

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