Republicans are now 4 for 4 in special House elections since Trump took office:
Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s record-breaking special congressional election, dashing hopes by Democrats to pull off an upset in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections.
Seen as an early proxy for whether Democrats can flip certain Republican-leaning districts in the President Donald Trump era, Tuesday’s election drew national attention and record cash from around the country. Democrats have aimed to leverage Trump’s dismal approval rating and opposition to the Republican health-care bill into winning Republican seats and potentially taking control of the House in 2018.
The race for Georgia’s 6th District for the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pitted Handel, 55, the former Georgia secretary of state, against Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old former congressional aide. Fueled by a rush of donors from around the U.S., Ossoff pushed for an upset in the suburban Atlanta district that Price repeatedly won easily.
He came up short, as Handel won by about 5 percentage points, according to incomplete returns.
The two campaigns and outside groups supporting and opposing the candidates shelled out at least $36 million as of May 31, including more than $22 million from Ossoff’s campaign. The election easily set a record for spending in a House race, according to NBC News.
Go here to read the rest. Democrats are learning the limitations of the politics of hate. Trump is hated by more Democrats than any Republican President before him, with the exception of Lincoln, with their more frenzied advocates, Mark Shea that is your cue, having convinced themselves that Trump is the reincarnation of Hitler and/or Stalin. Such hate can stimulate activists, but it can also foster the illusion that the voters are just itching to go to the polls to throw the hated rascal out. The Republicans suffered from such illusions in 2012 in reference to Obama. Now the Democrats have flushed more than 36 million down the toilet in a special House race backing a 30 year old neophyte who doesn’t live in the Republican leaning district against a seasoned, albeit uninspiring, Republican pol. Predictably the Republican won. The way the out of power party wins one of these special elections is with stealth, taking the other party by surprise with a sudden surge at the polls, not by turning the race into a national crusade, which alerts the in-power party to a maximum effort, which is what the Democrats did. Good hate, but bad politics.