Do Democrats have a problem with actually winning, as opposed to just doing better than in 2016? But it gave Republicans a flawless 4-0 record in special congressional elections held since Trump's inauguration, leaving the party's decisive majority in the House undiminished as Washington steels itself for showdowns on health care and tax reform. Voters in Virginia may be ready for a little hope and change.
Some Democrats were quick to blame party leaders for Jon Ossoff's loss to Republican Karen Handel in the special runoff election, saying the party failed to learn the 2016 lesson that running against Trump without a positive message of your own is not enough to win elections. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap".
Behar brought up how Ossoff didn't even live in the district and said that the Democratic party in general needs "charismatic" candidates and a clearer message. "And we better focus", Ryan said. I think it's fairly unlikely. It turned out not to be, and Democrats were "shellacked", in President Obama's words, losing 63 seats and control of the House six months later.
"It's not impossible, but it's harder", he said.
Handel devoted much of her speech to thanking national and state Republicans for backing her campaign before making a direct appeal to Ossoff's supporters.
Republican operatives say that 98 percent of voters in the 6th District already had an impression of Pelosi when they conducted their first internal poll, and she was 35 points underwater.
Pelosi's office fired back, touting her track record not only as a prolific fundraiser, but also as a nimble strategist and potent whip.
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FILE - In this June 9, 2017 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speakson Capitol Hill in Washington. Midterms will be different. Of all of those issues, health care - which Republicans used to gain majorities in the House and Senate - may be the most decisive because it is the most personal (and hence most emotional) policy issue. Far from putting the Republicans on notice, Democrats' disappointing results in Georgia's 6th Congressional District are exacerbating tensions in the party as leaders sift through conflicting evidence about why they lost.
But members of the rank-and-file are dissatisfied with that rationalization - and some are arguing for a new message and approach ahead of the midterms.
We showed the world that in places no one even thought it was possible to fight, we can fight. Perhaps if the Democrats had put slightly less of a moral investment in this election, it would be seen for what it really is: a special election.
"I mean, they're the ones that better be anxious".
Democrats have said for several election cycles that the Republican-run state is on the cusp of battleground status - turning from red to purple in the common political parlance. "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses". Price's Georgia district, which encompasses Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs, is among the nation's best-educated, with three-fifths of all voters boasting bachelor's degrees or better.
Democrats were very excited about this election, which they built up as a gauge of the political climate and a run-up to the 2018 congressional race.
Still, Trump won the district by only a razor-thin margin. That's an increase in turnout of more than five times the number of voters from 2010 and about 58 percent of registered voters, despite concerns over rain on election day.