“Jon Ossoff Falls Short, but Democrats Can See Change on the Horizon” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” The Senate Republicans are going to barrel ahead with their health-care bill. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton there by 14 points and GOP Senator Tim Scott that year beat his Democratic opponent 61-30. But here’s a silver lining however tarnished—and a likely consequence of tonight’s outcomes that, though it’ll be bad, for the country, might, yet be good for Democrats in 2018. lost in South Carolina and Jon Ossoff lost in Georgia in the almost all expensive and hard-fought congressional race in American history, which Democrats really had their eyes on. There’s no way to spin that as something that the Republican Party shouldn’t be concerned about. So the Democrats still have a lot to determine and still need Trump to sink lower to be able to win in districts care for this. Let’s look first of all at the South Carolina 5th District, just where the close margin of less than 4 percent (as I write) came out of nowhere. Republicans in Washington know very well what they’re doing: They’re keeping a campaign promise to their base with absolutely no in other words of the effect the keeping of that promise is going to have on people, on sick people, on the country, on the economy (except that rich people will get still more tax cuts), and—most of all, as far as they’re concerned—on their reelection chances. Archie Parnell (who?) Spratt served 18 years, and was defeated in 2010, the Tea Party year, when Mick Mulvaney, currently the OMB director, beat Spratt with 55 percent of the vote. Here, in order, are the Republican candidate’s percentages in this district in every election going back to 2002, up to 2016: 80 percent; 100 percent; 72 percent; 68 percent; 100 percent; 65 percent; 66 percent; 62 percent. Bu to the extent that these results were crazy close, for solid red districts and to the extent that just how the Republicans utilize these wins may, yet return to bite them, it isn’t irrational to think that we’ve not seen the final reckoning. And then the Senate and House Republicans will meet in conference committee, again in as much secrecy as they shall be able to get away with and pass a final bill, a bill that probably 20, or 25 percent of country will support for President Trump to sign.”

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