Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

House Democrats call for Pelosi to step down as minority leader

House Democrats call for Pelosi to step down as minority leader

In the most expensive congressional election in USA 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.

In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who are now part of the US President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Democrats lost miserably and went 0-for-4.

Along with earlier wins in Kansas and Montana, Republicans are enjoying a special election sweep in House races over Democrats this year, albeit in Republican hotbeds. Actor John Leguizamo dramatically claimed that the future of democracy depended on the outcome of this congressional election.

$50 million, the most expensive in history.

While many Republicans took a victory lap on Wednesday, not all had been so confident about holding the 6th District seat in the Atlanta suburbs.

Although the race was widely viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump, he rarely was discussed by either candidate, and House Democrats were rattled that the attack ads casting the 77-year-old Pelosi as a San Francisco liberal proved so potent.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership".

But now, after a string of disappointments, those divisions have re-emerged, though Pelosi appears unlikely to face an immediate challenge.

Nevertheless, Karen Handel managed to garner 53 percent of the vote to beat her opponent, the Democrat Jon Ossoff, showing that the polls, much like in the presidential election, were off, and that money and enthusiasm did not translate to votes for the Democrats.

"They took a special election and blew it out of proportion", said David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet". "We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent". Debbie Dingell of MI. A Democrat won the fifth election.

Ryan, who tried to unseat Pelosi, D-Calif., as House minority leader after the November elections, said she remained a political drag on other Democrats. A national influx of roughly $25 million - the most ever spent on a U.S. House race - couldn't get Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, over the finish line. And when we're talking about Trump so much we're not talking about them.

Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses". Their best chance was arguably in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, a suburban one near Atlanta where Donald Trump barely edged out Hillary Clinton past year. Instead of belting country singer Merle Haggard's rendition of "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again", they were belting the late Dean Martin's version of "Red Roses for A Blue Lady".

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads". "We must now put forth our message".

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC. "A loss is a loss is a loss and there's no excuses".

The Ohio lawmaker argued that the Democratic Party had lost touch with the working class.

"Whether she's a leader or not is up to the caucus to decide", Moulton said.

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