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White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

"You want me to sing my praises?" she asked. "The honest answer is: in some areas of the country, yes she is". Nor have they identified a challenger.

She has beat back all comers, including last fall, when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise. Most notable was the appearance of Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "And I say that ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle". He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

None of the House districts that have held special elections this year are crucial to Democrats' takeover dreams, including the seat just filled in Georgia. "It's just that simple", Ryan said.

The Georgia race ends as the most expensive House campaign in US history, with a tab that may exceed $50 million.

Ossoff regularly attempted to deflect questions about whether he would back Pelosi in the House, saying he hadn't given it any thought. Despite his financial advantage, the Democratic candidate Mr. Jon Ossoff lost to Republican candidate Karen Handel in a race that was largely seen by Democrats as a litmus test for the Trump presidency, and a precursor for midterm elections in 2018.

And as for the Democrats, they, clearly, are doing something wrong. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi previous year, at $592,500. Forming a national electoral strategy isn't Pelosi's job; it's the job of Democratic Party campaign organizations, which didn't pull their weight in these special elections.

Rice's sentiment was echoed by other House Democrats in recent months including Reps.

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership. He said defending Pelosi to voters would be an expensive endeavor, but it may be worth it. "I love the fray". "I thrive on competition".

But at her weekly press conference, Pelosi shrugged of concerns that she was dragging down the party. "It is possible that he could actually get re-elected if Democrats aren't careful".

"It's time for change, and personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem) told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, though he stopped short of explicitly calling for Pelosi's ouster. "We've got a lot of energy in our base, which is very exciting for a lot of us to see that on the ground, but you've got to beat the Republican and you've got to carry this very toxic Democratic brand on your back, too". "They're obstructionists", he said to applause.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

There are, though, reasons to believe Pelosi poses a unique political problem for Democrats.

Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters.

And Pelosi's fundraising prowess?

In the Georgia election, Republicans used a tactic they've been using for years, setting up the liberal Pelosi as a villain who needs to be stopped.

In 2010, it was Pelosi and then-President Barack Obama. Another rising House Democrat, former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general.

President Trump also weighed in, hoping Democrats keep Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in their leadership positions.

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

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