Although the race was widely viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump, he was rarely 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.
"The Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody", Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC. That seat was formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The Republicans have held Georgia's 6th Congressional District since the late 1970s and, really, since the political realignment of the South. In South Carolina's 5th District race, where Democrats spent only $250,000, Archie Parnell lost by an even narrower margin to Republican Ralph Norman. House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated".
She said the Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them". More voters cast ballots in the Sixth District in this race than in the 2014 midterm elections, though that race featured governor, lieutenant governor, and US senator races at the top of the ticket.
"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.
That Mr Ossoff came closer to victory than any Democrat for 30 years in a traditionally Republican seat was encouraging for the party, but cold comfort especially after it pumped millions of dollars into his campaign.
Whether or not Pelosi was the only reason for the Democrat's defeat is speculation, but nonetheless there are growing calls for her ousting. "I certainly understand the attention from the press around the country".
BENNETT: Democrats see 70 House seats that could be easier to flip than that Georgia district.
Democrats had been hoping to make inroads with many of those in the group termed reluctant Trump voters. She said she has told Democrats to stop focusing on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
There's also a lot of talk about how the effects of the Republican victory will help them pass their health-care bill and other parts of their agenda.