Tight finish seen in Atlanta congressional race, Trump weighs in

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Democrats were hardly likely to take his advice, given the widespread unpopularity of the Trump agenda.

Also on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate fell 3 percentage points short of defeating a Republican in the race to fill budget director Mick Mulvaney's House former seat in SC.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is interviewed by news organizations as he campaigns for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election in Chamblee. House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated".

"Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!"

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that invested millions in the race, argued in a memo to lawmakers, "Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of" and "we have a unique opportunity to flip control of the House of Representatives in 2018".

But out of all the GOP candidates who have won in four special elections so far this year, Handel was the only one who actually over performed the president. A Democrat won the fifth election. "And I can see it; we are more unified then ever before", Trump insisted.

"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party". "We're losing the ability to connect with voters on what the hell they think about every single day".

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And Rep. Tim Ryan criticized Pelosi along with his party's brand and its outreach to voters.

Pelosi and the seniority system that congressional Democrats are wedded to are hampering any effort to shake up their party in the Age of Trump.

"Whether she's a leader or not is up for the (Democratic) caucus to decide", Moulton said.

"This race is not about what's going on around the rest of the country - it is about you", she told supporters on Monday night. "That's no way to build a national party". Many in 2018 will be more under-the-radar contests, like the SC race and the one in Kansas to replace Mike Pompeo, the Republican congressman selected by Trump to be Central Intelligence Agency director. And they always want to choose our leaders.

A handful of House Democrats - from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who Pelosi beat for re-election to her leadership post late previous year - have raised fears that their party may not be able to win back the House with Pelosi leading the caucus. There have been more legitimately stunning victories and defeats in the past, especially during primaries when candidates within the same party are battling for the nomination.

She is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

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