Karen Handel’s narrow win puts Republicans one step closer to repealing Obamacare, while its effects on the Democratic party’s psyche could be profound

The result of the special election in Georgia on Tuesday did not guarantee reelection for Donald Trump, nor did it ensure continued Republican congressional majorities after the midterms. It was, however, a devastating defeat for Democrats.

Although Jon Ossoff was running in a traditionally red district where country club Republicans had consistently delivered overwhelming majorities to conservative candidates for decades, it was one that proved deeply skeptical of Trump.

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