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Jewish Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated in crucial Georgia congressional race

It started with an election almost eight months earlier – an election that sent Donald Trump to the White House.”Tonight, the people of Georgia’s sixth district overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump’s agenda of replacing our broken health care system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment”, said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. The 4-point win in the most expensive congressional race in history was a blow to Democrats, who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.”There’s going to be some finger pointing among the Democrats”. The work is hard, but the Republicans are making a mess of the country.Massachusetts Democrat Congressman Seth Moulton tweeted that the result “better be a wake-up call for Democrats – business as usual isn’t working”. “We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent”.Put on defense, House Democratic leaders from Pelosi on down tried to spin the outcome in Georgia as positive, arguing that coming in a close second in the solidly Republican district augured well for their chances of taking back the House next year.”The Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody”, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC.Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race.The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars.While Republicans have mocked Pelosi’s leadership in the past – the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader a year ago – the party’s successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership in the party”.Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost the Georgia special election Tuesday despite the fact that his campaign received unprecedented funding from the deeply liberal state of California. As NPR’s Geoff Bennett reports, Democrats in Congress have spent the day trying to figure out what they need to do differently if they want to take back control of the House next year.Since the special election in April, President Trump has been campaigning for Handel through various outlets including his twitter account. The GOP should remember this, too: Democrats won the first seven special elections after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, but the midterm elections in 2010 were disastrous for the party. “They don’t get it”.Democrats can console themselves by pointing out that Price won his last election by 23 percentage points. Meanwhile, if Ossoff had won, Democrats would have been even more emboldened.