Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

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"That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" he added, a reference to Schumer's propensity for waterworks.

The Democrats have not won a special congressional race since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Election Day, losing five straight races. "He's just not one of us", her ads said, and this message was reinforced by tying him to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - and perhaps inadvertently by Ossoff's own promise to "grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the South".

Others dismissed the idea that Pelosi really played much of a role in the outcome in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by about 5 percentage points.

Pelosi's office claims even loftier triumphs, saying she's raised more than $500 million for Democrats since entering the party leadership in the early 2000s, including $141.5 million in the 2015-2016 cycle.

"No, we're not inevitable", Brzezinski said.

Ossoff may have been the first congressional candidate social media built, but win or lose, he won't be the last.

Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco?

The nearest Republican was Georgia's former secretary of state Handel with just 19.8 per cent - but in a field split by numerous party's candidates.

"I think healthcare's gonna happen", he said, despite the attempts of "obstructionist" Democrats.

The president then followed up Wednesday morning, offering the Democrats some advice: "obstruction doesn't work!"

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a rising star in the party who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the top job in the House past year, said he felt it "will be very hard" to win back the chamber in the 2018 midterms, despite President Trump's historic unpopularity, because of Pelosi.

"One of the disappointing things from the last couple of days is that that approach still has a little bit of punch to it. It's just that simple", Ryan said. Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal despised by the right, has always been the subject of GOP attack ads on Democratic candidates, and the Georgia race was no exception.

"I love the fray".

"You'll have more new friends than you'll be able to meet and spend time with", Darden said.

Mrs. Pelosi has been her party's leader since 2003, overseeing losses in 2004, big gains in 2006 and 2008, then watching as her party slipped into its smallest minority in almost a century.

Pelosi faces criticism and a new rival, Stephen Jaffe, in her next primary election.

Ossoff ran a careful campaign and shied away from talking about Trump, and some groups on the left wasted no time in insisting that Democrats must draw brighter contrasts with the GOP. Barack Obama managing 46 percent of the vote here in 2008. As Wasserman concludes: "Republicans shouldn't be tempted to believe their House majority is safe".

Of course, people do generally change markedly after high school, yet Ossoff isn't that far removed from it (at least not by political standards). "The party has become coastal", he said, "Two-thirds of our caucus is on the water".

"I am proud of the unity that we have had and, frankly, my leadership in terms of keeping everybody together", she said. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", he said.

"I don't think there's a Democrat that would vote for any type of a repeal". Most or all are running again, and though Democrats may try to field stronger opponents against many, the Georgia result won't help recruitment.

Just 230 miles northeast of the race where Republican Karen Handel emerged victorious in a Georgia special election, another Republican celebrated a narrower victory Tuesday night - in a lesser-noticed race that might give Democrats a glimmer of hope.

Democrats were hesitant to attack the President in such a historically heavily Republican district. Pelosi questioned, according to the Hill. But she chose to stick around after Trump defied expectations of most members of Congress and won the Electoral College.