After Vote, Party Leaders Say Perimeter Remains Battleground

They raised a fortune for him, they fought like hell, they said they were going to win. I am a strategic politically astute leader.

In an interview with Welker, Texas Democratic Congressman Filemore Vela Jr. said that "as long as Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the Democratic Party, it's going to be very hard to win".

Asked who she thought should replace Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Rice declined to name a candidate. With the victories, along with wins in the Kansas and Montana special elections, the political will to push on with healthcare and tax reforms may increase.

But they had these attractive studios, and if Karen Handel had lost, they would have blamed it on me, which is fine.

Democrats were not expected to win in the heavily Republican special election districts, but if they replicate the same 15 point gain in the midterm elections, they will win back the House, and deal a fatal blow to the Trump agenda.

Despite the fact Georgia's 6 Dist. has been in Republican hands for decades - like the other races, as well - Democrats put a lot of money and hope behind Ossoff, a young up-and-comer with JFK-like qualities. Archie Parnell, the Democratic candidate in SC, took to spoofing "House of Cards", a political drama featuring a fictional monomaniacal congressman from the same district. A result like that in November 2018 would likely translate into the party taking control of the House of Representatives. After all, Ossoff did not reside in the district he ran to represent and he epitomized the synthetic, millennial Democrat who, despite loud campaigning, really does not have much to say.

TIM RYAN: I just think if you start rationalizing and participate in a level of delusion that we cut the lead, you know, by however many points, that that's somehow good - to me, that's unacceptable. But so could places such as SC 5 that had once been more Democratic, or districts in OH or Pennsylvania or upstate NY.

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Of course, now that her victory is secure, the congresswoman-elect is far more careful to embrace her party leader. Pelosi held onto her position by a vote of 134 to 63.

The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported late Thursday that aides to Pelosi had sent around suggested tweets, reminding people of Pelosi's role getting ObamaCare passed through the House - just as Republicans were unveiling their health care bill - and attempting to make the hashtag #StandWithNancy go viral.

That margin is more along the lines of what Reid was talking about.

"She consistently polls very unfavorable [and] I think in this instance, it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", John Rogers, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on a post-election phone call.

"Privately, Democratic strategists said even before the votes were counted Tuesday that Ossoff's civility campaign would be mirrored only in more Republican-leaning districts, and that a more aggressive anti-Trump campaign would be waged by candidates in longtime swing districts", he writes. "We don't agonize. We organize".

Information for this article was contributed by Kevin Freking of The Associated Press.

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