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After all that, it wasn't even very close. The White House dodged a PR debacle, and Democrats took a huge morale hit heading into 2018 recruiting and fundraising, when the GOP won another special election that left Dems as Charlie Brown missing the football. Republican Karen Handel beat out Democrat Jon Ossoff in a 52-48

  • AP's Erica Werner: "[F]or Democrats, ... it's now a time for soul-searching — and finger-pointing."
  • A well-wired Dem emails me: "Waves don't show themselves in special elections. 2005 - Dem barely loses close special election - Dems pick up 31 seats. 2010 - Dems keep traditionally held Republican seat in special election yet get CREAMED losing 63 seats in November."
  • Trump tweeted a thank you to Fox News, saying: "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0."

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