Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Karen Handel during her victory speech in Atlanta. President Trump tweeted his congratulations

President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to give his opinion on bipartisan legislation and the possibility of working with Democrats on the healthcare vote among other key issues. If anti-Trump sentiment is going to work in Democrats' favor, they should have seen a better result in Georgia.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory.

"This is not the outcome we were looking for, but this is the beginning of something bigger than us", said Ossoff to his supporters following defeat. But taking a step back, there's a silver lining for the party that's come up short: if Democrats can seriously compete in red districts in red states like these, they can seriously compete nearly anywhere.

[F] or Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, Ryan called the Democratic brand "toxic" and addressed his party's losses in special elections this week, particularly in the sixth district of Georgia, where Republican candidate Karen Handel and outside groups supporting her bid repeatedly tied her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff to Pelosi. Mast campaigned for Handel last month. "And Archie is talking about taxes, prescription drugs, Social Security, which are important to Democrats, independents and Republicans in this community".

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On Wednesday, Trump told the Iowa crowd that the southern border wall he promised to build - and make Mexico pay for - could feature solar panels. When Ossoff started the race he channeled national anger at the president before pivoting away from Trump and focusing on local politics.

That followed another recent Democratic disappointment in Montana, where the Republican candidate won even after last-minute assault charges, and an earlier loss for the Democrats in Kansas.

"They're still running against her and still winning races, and it's still a problem", Ryan said.

According to Atlantic monthly, "Compared with November's results, the GOP margins of victory declined from almost 16 points to 6 in Montana, 23 points to less than 4 in Georgia, 21 points to 3 in SC, and 31 to about 7 in Kansas. "Those voters came out of the hills".

"It also suggests that attacks tying more centrist Democrats to the national party, particularly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, can still prove effective".

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