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Democrats’ Failed $40 Million Gambit

The Democratic Party said they would be re-energized after the 2016 election cycle. However, the Party has failed to win a single congressional special election in 2017.

Jon Ossoff

The Democratic Party has now failed to win a single high-profile congressional special election in 2017 and has spent nearly $40 million in the process. This is not what supporters were promised after the stunning election results of 2016.

The 2016 election saw the Democratic Party lose the presidency, fail to retake either the House or the Senate, and highlighted how decimated the Party was at the local level.

Democrat leaders promised supporters that the party would be re-energized going forward and that it would be competitive in races across the country at all levels of government, regardless of the party’s past performance in these areas.

The party eyed a slate of upcoming special elections in congressional districts across America, especially Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District

Democrats saw Georgia’s 6th as the perfect case study for their ability to retake the House of Represatitives in 2018.

The district is similar to others across the country that Democrats are targeting because Trump narrowly won it in 2016. Other districts that Democrats are targeting are those with Republican Representatives but Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

However, eight months later, the Democrats have yet to win one of these high-profile special elections after having fallen short in Kansas, Montana, and now in South Carolina and Georgia.

What is worse for the Democratic Party is the massive amount of money it spent on these races.

Between Kansas’s 4th Congressional District, South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, and Montana’s at-large Congressional District special elections, the Democrats spent almost $8.5 million in attempts to flip these seats.

That $8.5 million is a combination of expenditures by Democratic candidates James Thompson, Rob Quist, Archie Parnell, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and outside groups aligned with the Democrats.

That number pales in comparison to the nearly $30 million spent by Democrats to see Jon Ossoff elected in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District election.

Despite this mountain of cash, Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election.

The amount of money spent on Georgia’s 6th is unsustainable on a national scale, and the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) has already said that neither party can afford more races like this one.