But unlike the previous special House elections in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina, Tuesday's race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, in which Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff by almost 10,000 votes, or around 3 percentage points, legitimately earned the adjective "special".
The Democrats lost all four of the contested elections held in districts where the incumbent Republican representative resigned to take a position in Trump's cabinets: the Fourth Congressional District in Kansas, the at-large seat representing the state of Montana, as well as the Georgia and SC seats.
Twin defeats in special elections for House seats in Georgia and SC have touched off a paroxysm of second-guessing and recriminations within the Democratic Party and in those organizations which exist to provide advice and political cover for the Democrats.
She backed Trump's desired rollback of Obamacare, but during her two debates with Ossoff, she sidestepped any utterance of Trump's name to a point where Jim Galloway, a columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cracked that "the clothes have no emperor".
President Trump aptly summed up the Georgia special congressional election when he tweeted, "It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th".
Clinton's loss forced Democrats to confront their deficiencies among white working-class voters and the vast areas between the coasts that flipped in Trump's direction.
"We have closed the gap dramatically", said Rep. Keith Ellison, who lost a bid to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.
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Instead, he said Democrats need to focus on developing a message that wins over voters in Republican-leaning districts.
The focus on Pelosi comes in part because she's the only figure in Democratic politics who is universally known and detested on the right. When there's a sizeable Women's March in Youngstown, Ohio, then we can revisit this, but the progressive tantrums are in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. etc.; the places you'd expect liberals to froth at the mouth over Hillary Clinton losing one of the most winnable elections in recent memory. A New York Times analysis of the aftermath of the Georgia special election observed, "Part of the Democrats' challenge now is that the jobless rate is low, and numerous districts they are targeting are a lot like the Georgia seat: thriving suburbs filled with voters who have only watched their portfolios grow since Mr. Trump took office".
"We can walk and chew gum at the same time", he said.
Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session.
Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she would not bow to pressure to step aside as some Democrats have argued that Pelosi's image may be hurting Democratic candidates. The choice: Do you want Pelosi or [House Speaker Paul Ryan] to lead in Congress?.
"A special thanks to the president of the United States of America", Handel said late Tuesday night as her supporters chanted, "Trump!"
"They are in for the races of their lives, and they know it". "They wanted to turn it into something like a beat down".
They reasoned that Ossoff had a real chance: Donald Trump, after all, won this district by just 1.5 percentage points.