The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Democrats are still blink­ing in dis­be­lief over Karen Han­del’s vic­tory over Jon Os­soff in a much bal­ly­hooed spe­cial elec­tion in Ge­or­gia on Tues­day. Repub­li­cans ob­servers mark that vic­tory as more ev­i­dence that both Demo­cratic strate­gists and the news me­dia con­tinue to ig­nore the au­then­tic grass-roots ap­peal, which has been per­co­lat­ing in the Grand Old Party since the 2016 elec­tion.

Ap­plause is also due for the prac­ti­cal side of the GOP, which does not rely on mawk­ish feel­ings, melo­drama, out­rage or grandiose claims to mo­ti­vate vot­ers. Boots on the ground and clear mes­sag­ing mat­ter. Un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for Pres­i­dent Trump mat­ters. And im­por­tantly, Repub­li­cans have steel-clad in­fra­struc­ture that could carry them through the midterm elec­tions.

“In Ge­or­gia, we had a ro­bust ground game. We had 2 mil­lion voter con­tacts. We were knock­ing doors every day. We knew our voter uni­verse, and we are go­ing to con­tinue to do that,” Repub­li­can National Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel told Fox News in the af­ter­math of Mrs. Han­del’s vic­tory.

“We are al­ready build­ing an in­fra­struc­ture in these states where we think we can pick up Se­nate seats in 2018, and we are ready to com­pete in House seats across the coun­try. What the me­dia needs to rec­og­nize is that Don­ald Trump’s mes­sage is res­onat­ing. When he is say­ing, we need to im­prove our econ­omy and add jobs and wages and fix the health care sys­tem that is fall­ing apart and crum­bling every day — that is what’s res­onat­ing with vot­ers,” Ms. McDaniel con­tin­ued. “They are send­ing Repub­li­cans to Wash­ing­ton to help the pres­i­dent, and they’re go­ing to con­tinue to do that as they see him work­ing on be­half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Democrats have no vi­sion. Ob­struc­tion and re­sis­tance is not a vi­sion and it’s lost for them these last four elec­tions.”


Karen Han­del’s vic­tory over op­po­nent Jon Os­soff in Ge­or­gia’s Sixth District was a sur­prise to Democrats, but not to Repub­li­cans. News me­dia con­tinue to ig­nore au­then­tic grass-roots ap­peal of the GOP.

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