Another Leadership Test for Pelosi, Who's Weathered Many

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Republican Karen Handel of Georgia won the most expensive congressional race in history, avoiding a Democratic upset in a race widely seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump.

Some Democrats are so fed up with their party leadership that they are looking at ways of removing Nancy Pelosi from her post as House minority leader.

In the most expensive congressional election in U.S. history, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 percentage points on Tuesday in a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.

The tweet comes as some Democrats are questioning if Pelosi is the right person to lead the party in the House.

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.

Republican Karen Handel on election day after she is projected the victor for the Georgia 6th District special election on June 20, 2017. Plus, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Fox on Thursday that he also hopes that the Democrats keep Pelosi because the Republicans already know how to win elections against a Pelosi-run party. Trump said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. As NPR's Geoff Bennett reports, Democrats in Congress have spent the day trying to figure out what they need to do differently if they want to take back control of the House next year.

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[F] or Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing.

"One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters", Ryan said.

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said, according to NBC News. But Pelosi insisted she's already done that by bringing younger members into leadership. Other Democrats drew just a tiny percent of the vote.

The Georgia race featured a nail-biting finish, with the possibility of flipping a traditionally-Republican district.

As Lachlan McIntosh, a Democratic strategist, told The Times: Democrats "can't ignore how very unpopular their leadership is with many voters".

"We will carry those key lessons forward in order to compete in districts as Republican-leaning as Georgia, and in the dozens of districts on our battlefield that are much more competitive", Lujan said.

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