President Trump celebrated Republican Karen Handel’s victory on Tuesday in the closely watched Georgia special election as a clear endorsement of the administration’s agenda.
“Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts,Security. Obstruction doesn’t work!” Trump tweeted.
Handel’s victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff comes after GOP special election victories in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina races.
While Democrats did hold on to a seat in California earlier this month, Republicans are now boasting a “5-0” record in special elections for seats Democrats sought to flip. They’re counting Georgia twice, as Ossoff was unable to secure an outright win in the initial contest and lost to Handel in the runoff.
The Georgia race effectively had become a national battle, with Democrats pumping millions behind Ossoff and eager to cast a victory in opposition to Trump. They didn’t get it. Now the White House is claiming a referendum on congressional Democrats.
“Republicans are going to get tired of winning if the Democrats don’t get an agenda,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Even with having the White House and both houses of Congress under Republican control, Trump’s ambitious plans have been prevented by Democratic opposition.
As he’s faced pushback from more conservative members within his own party on some legislation, specifically on health care, Trump has begun to court Democratic votes, which, to this point, have been nearly impossible to get.
With a “resist” message, Democrats hoped to make the recent special elections a response to Trump’s unpopular first several months in office. But that strategy appears to have backfired.
“Tonight, the people of Georgia’s Sixth District overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump’s agenda of replacing our broken healthcare system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “For the fourth time since November, voters have rejected the Democrat’s agenda of obstruction and made it clear it’s time get to work for the American people and join President Trump’s administration in Making America Great Again.”