Republican wins Georgia poll in blow to anti-Trump effort

Far from rethinking their support for Trump or their plans to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans seem likely to stay the course. That doesn't mean Republican and Democratic strategists won't try to take lessons from GA06 and try to apply them to the future.

The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

In South Carolina's under-the-radar race, former GOP state Rep. Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell on Tuesday to grab the seat vacated by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Republican lawmakers argue the wins give them added impetus for pushing through a healthcare bill, The Hill reported. If their candidate could prevail in a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, the thinking went, they'd be sitting pretty.

The hard-fought campaign, in which Democrats poured money and effort to flip the traditionally red Georgia 6th District seat left open when Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Price was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services, was won by Handel with 52 percent of the vote.

Democrats must look beyond anti-Trump rhetoric if they hope to do better in the 2018 midterms.

In another tweet, Trump also congratulated Republican Ralph Norman, who won a special congressional election in SC.

Voters may be wary of President Donald Trump, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains an albatross for Democrats, one that Republican victor Karen Handel effectively exploited in the Georgia race.

The race for Georgia's 6th Congressional district seat was the most expensive congressional race in the nations history, topping $50 million in overall spending.

Ossoff's campaign raised $23.6 million alone from individual donors, compared to $5.6 million for Handel, The New York Times reports.

The president celebrated defeating Jon Ossoff in the only way he knows how: by posting douchey, douchey tweets. But it is a message for both Democrats and Republicans. But Trump won the district by only 1.5 percentage points in 2016, and his national approval rating now stands below 40 percent.

The election was grueling, but Handel came out victorious.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) previous year, said Thursday it will be hard for his party to take back control of the House with Pelosi at the helm.