Georgia’s Special Election Crushed Democrats’ Dreams

The Background 

Last night’s special election in Georgia was supposed to be one heck of a race — especially after Democrats and Republicans shelled out a whopping $55 million on their candidates’ campaigns. In the end, the historically red state stayed red, much to Democrats dismay, and Republican Karen Handel beat Jon Ossoff to win the congressional seat. New York Times

Why You Should Care

Many felt that this was a good opportunity to take the pulse of a nation that seems to be fed up with their new president and the Republican Party. While optimistic, Democrats thought that if they could turn Georgia blue, it would mean they’d have a good chance of taking back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. This loss doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it just means they have a much tougher road ahead of them.

What’s Next?

Democrats will get back to work before the next congressional special election, which is in Utah on November 7.