Democrats' decisive Tuesday night loss in Georgia's special election - a race into which they poured tens of millions of dollars to make it the most expensive House race in US history - is leaving Democrats to strategize a path forward for the 2018 midterm elections.
President Trump congratulated both candidates.
Tuesday's special congressional elections in Georgia and SC provide teachable moments for Texas Democrats.
Ossoff then said that the majority of Handel's outside funding came from Washington, D.C., whereas his funding came largely from California Democrats.
That was Politico's response to Trump's midnight tweet which said: "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!"
And while experts say the demoralizing loss isn't necessarily a harbinger of more losses to come in the 2018 midterms, it has Democrats taking stock and asking whether it's time for new party leadership - specifically whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should step aside.
Still, last night's results were devastating for Democrats, as Handel defeated Ossoff by 4 points.
"I need to also thank Speaker Ryan and the House leadership and so numerous members across this country".
Democrats said they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district. And in the runoff, Ms. Handel's local reputation made it easier for her to forge a political identity separate from Mr. Trump.
It was Handel's most explicit praise of a president whose tenuous standing put this previously safe Republican district in peril in the first place. In a district that has seen decades of Republican representatives, hopes were high among Democrats that Ossoff, a former congressional aide, could pull off an upset.
After the Handel was declared the victor, CNN contributor Symone Sanders had this to say.
This is another in a string of defeats in special elections for the Democratic Party this year despite an angry base of voters. "But this is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff told supporters.
But as Tuesday showed, Republicans are going to win their share of races, even if the margins of victory aren't as large as in previous cycles. That could have implications for next year's mid-term elections, where the Democrats are hoping to win back control of Congress.