Will Republicans lose control of Congress in 2018?

Will Republicans lose control of Congress in 2018?

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In a special election that many called a referendum on Trump's presidency, Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly won Newt Gingrich's old seat in a heavily conservative district in Georgia. Ossoff will now run against Republican Karen Handel in June, and liberals say Ossoff's strong performance shows Republicans are in for a rude awakening in 2018. But others pointed out Ossoff didn't win, 95 percent of his donations were from out of state, and 2018 is a long way away. Can the GOP hold Congress in 2018?

The Votes Are In!

Josh Marshall thinks a neophyte Democrat winning nearly 50 percent of the vote in such a conservative southern district bodes ill for the GOP's chances to hold Congress in 2018:

The reality is this is an incredibly strong showing. It’s a strong GOP district. This is a dramatic shift in the Democrats’ direction. And Ossoff still has a solid shot in the run off....the results of this race and the Kansas race taken together point to a anti-GOP wave election in 2018.

President Trump, who tweeted several times against Ossoff and in support of GOP candidates in the race, claimed Ossoff's loss as a major victory for the GOP. Just look at how much money the Democrats spent:

Democrats around the country have heaved more than $8.3 million into Ossoff's campaign coffers, breaking the record for a special election in Georgia. (By comparison, his Republican rivals, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and former state Sen. Judson Hill, have raised $463,000 and $473,000, respectively.

Ossoff didn't win, but he came within a percentage point of almost winning in a district that hasn't been blue since the 1970s. Many observers say Trump's presidency is motivating Democratic voters like never before, and Republicans should be afraid.

Others say the June election will tell. Ossoff's campaign coffers were filled by people out of state, which may not sit well with many Georgians. Maybe it's not time for Republicans to panic yet.

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