Republican strategist Brian Robinson told Elliot that he believes Handel's win will be a blueprint for other Republican Congressional candidates looking to win in a district where President Trump may not be popular.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer rant and rave against Donald Trump and the Republicans have won all FOUR Special House races since Trump won in November and became President. "We spent $20 million plus in Georgia and only a couple hundred thousand in SC".
"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race. "They have to connect with the people, they have to focus on their priorities, and those are going to be different in a blue-collar manufacturing district in OH than they are in a highly educated, suburban district in Georgia or California".
The fact of the matter is if a 30-year-old geek who didn't even live in the district can lose to a career Georgia politician, Karen Handel, by around 10,000 votes in deep red Georgia, then anything is possible in 2018.
Mr Trump's approval rating stands at 39 per cent, which though at a persistent record low, remained unchanged from February and April, according to a Pew Research Centre survey released on Tuesday.
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. "It doesn't matter who our leader is, the Republicans will always run against them, someone else in our caucus or Willie Horton", referring to the convicted MA murderer that Republicans used to make Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis look weak on crime during the 1988 campaign.
Chuck and Nancy deserve a % of all the funds Republicans raise, because waving these two in front of GOP supporters brings in Big Bucks and votes.
In addition to the Georgia race, SC also had a special election Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. In Kansas in April, in Montana last month and in Georgia and SC on Tuesday, Democratic candidates outperformed their party's past showings, but still fell short where it counts: Republicans won. Got one more crack at it in the 6th - his was a special election, too - and finally broke through.
"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term", Ryan said. "People can over-analyze it". It was the most expensive House race in history.
Karen Handel and her husband Steve take the podium for her victory speech at her election night party on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. "Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of".
In addition, while some cast this race as a gauge of displeasure with the president's performance so far, the Trump factor shouldn't be overplayed.
The National Republican Congressional Committee released a satirical ad that thanks Pelosi for being "someone who has been such a wonderful contributor to Republican victories".