Democrats secretly met to plan the ouster of top party leader

Some Democrats believed that Ossoff could pull off a victory in a district that has been solidly red since 1979 due to resentment against President Donald Trump and the seat's open status after the departure of Tom Price to Trump's cabinet.

Still, the defeat was sure to prompt soul-searching in a party that is shut out of power in Washington and has steadily lost influence at the state level in recent years. But, to quote Taylor Swift, they're not out of the woods yet. The seats they ultimately won this year were already mostly Republican-leaning districts - and many will argue that the GOP should have won all of them handily. An examination of all the special elections shows that the Democrats have added to Hillary Clinton's gains in well-educated districts and even won over some white working-class voters, which the former Democratic candidate struggled with, Vox reported.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. And yet, they came close.

The road to a Democratic House majority runs through dozens of districts similar to the affluent, well-educated northern suburbs of Atlanta where Ossoff was defeated, and the outcome there is likely to reassure Republicans already nervous about their chances of holding control under Trump next year. All of the seats had been Republican strongholds previously thought untouchable. "This race proved that Democrats have a real shot at taking back the House in 2018".

Ironically, a Democrat came closer to an upset in Tuesday's other special election - one the national party hardly contested - in a rural SC district that Trump won by 19 points.

We in the press always hype special elections. The November 2018 midterms are still some 15 months away.

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"Nothing preps you for next election more than concluding your team is too virtuous to win & voters are too evil or dumb to see the truth", tweeted Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review.

"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation". Republicans are doing this healthcare bill completely behind closed doors. Put another way: You may as well just flip a coin right now to try to predict the future.

"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term", Ryan said.

They have now three special elections in a row to fill seats vacated by President Trump's Cabinet members.

Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the Republicans.

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