Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins

GOP lawmakers take seats after special election wins

Although her challenger, Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, lost in his challenge, he picked up 63 votes to Pelosi's 134 votes.

It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of "unhinged blather".

Handel was elected in a runoff against democrat Jon Ossoff last week after receiving 52 percent of the vote.

She truly is a wonderful gift to the Republican Party, but if the Democrats ever want to win elections again or try to take the House back in 2018, they need to strip Pelosi of her leadership position and install some new blood to put the national Democratic Party more in tune with middle America and less in lockstep with the Bay Area.

Democrats will continue to lose state legislature seats, governorships and congressional seats with her at the helm. She also pledged to do better for veterans.

Republican Ralph Norman, a staunch conservative, had a 3 percentage point victory last week in a far quieter SC race in a district that went for President Donald Trump a year ago by 18 percentage points.

Growing tired of much-hyped chances that nonetheless turned into defeats, which are hard to spin into moral victories, the Democrats gaze upward at the party's command structure to assign blame, and most eyes are beginning to rest on Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). I've always had trouble in the caucus from the start. After Handel's victory, some Democrats called for the party to drop Pelosi as its leader. His predecessor, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney helped found the group. Democratic state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez easily retained the seat for the party in an election earlier this month, and will assume his seat after completing some remaining state business.

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