Photo: Supporters of Democrat Jon Ossoff wait for the polls to come in at Ossoff's election night event. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters)
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If Jon Ossoff had won yesterday in the Atlanta suburbs, his campaign would have provided a blueprint for other Democrats to challenge the GOP, but he lost — after the most expensive Congressional race in history. The political novice, surprised a lot of contributors by taking a moderate tone. His opponent, veteran Republican Sharon Handel's message was tough as nails. So, was his typically centrist campaign a blueprint for failure? It's the fourth special-election defeat for Democrats with an unpopular Republican in the White House; many anti-Trump activists around the country are angry. They're tired of waiting for the National Party to do “something right” — and they're organizing on their own at the state and local level.
Cameron McWhirter, Wall Street Journal (@cammcwhirter)
Josh Kraushaar, Political Editor for National Journal (@HotlineJosh)
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Amanda Litman, Run for Something (@amandalitman)
Doug Peacock, wilderness advocate (@doug_peacock)
McWhirter on the battle for new swing voters in Georgia
Kraushaar on House Democrats borrowing from the Trump playbook
Halper on the new generation of Democrats
LA Times op-ed on how Democrats they could have had two seats for the price of one
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