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Trump Taunts Democrats For Losing Special Elections

| by Robert Fowler
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President Donald Trump took to social media to mock the Democratic Party after a special election in Georgia was won by GOP candidate Karen Handel.

On June 20, Handel defeated Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a race for Georgia's 6th congressional district seat. Their contest had become the most expensive House race in U.S. history, with the candidates raising a cumulative $56.7 million.

Ossoff, whose campaign received $24 million from the Democratic National Committee and $8 million from other contributors, was narrowly ahead in the polls, but Handel ultimately took 52 percent of the vote while Ossoff lost with 48 percent, according to The New York Times.

There have been five special elections for House seats since the 2016 presidential election. Four of these races were held to replace representatives who had assumed roles in the Trump administration. Republicans won these races in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina, but Georgia had been widely touted as a referendum on Trump's impact on the GOP leading up to the 2018 midterms.

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Democrats did win a special election in California, but that race was between two Democratic candidates, CNBC reports.

Following the Georgia results, Trump took to Twitter to ridicule Democrats for their losing streak.

"Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!" Trump tweeted out. "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0."

On June 21, Trump took to Twitter again to offer unsolicited advice to Democrats, suggesting that they cooperate with his administration's agenda.

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"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security," Trump tweeted out. "Obstruction doesn't work!"

While Democrats are unlikely to take any advice offered by the president, several have called for new strategies following Ossoff's loss.

"[Ossoff] Race better be a wake up call for Democrats -- business as usual isn't working," Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts tweeted out. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future."

The Massachusetts lawmaker added that Democrats "need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent."

Democratic operative Ron Klain asserted that his party had put too much expectation on winning the special elections, noting that they were all held in historically conservative areas.

"We have to remember that these elections are being held in districts hand-picked by Trump -- districts where he created vacancies because he thought they were 'can't lose' seats," Klain told CNN.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Ben Ray Lujan believes that the string of losses for the party still spells trouble for the GOP heading into the 2018 midterms, noting that the Democratic candidates had all performed better than their predecessors.

"There are more than 70 districts more favorable to Democrats than this deep-red district, and Ossoff’s close margin demonstrates the potential for us to compete deep into the battlefield," Lujan said in a statement, according to Vice News. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018."

In 2018, Democrats will need to capture 24 seats currently occupied by Republicans in order to recapture the House majority.

Sources: CNBC, CNNThe New York Times, Vice News, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2), Seth Moulton (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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