Instead, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, bested Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide.
Democrats also lost a special election in neighboring SC on Tuesday, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now serving as Trump's budget director.
Her tough race, combined with close GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse.
Democrats have been trying to win a special election since their loss in the race for the White House, hoping to show that the public is turning against the Trump administration. While POTUS was relatively low-key last night on Twitter after Handel won, this morning he used the results to go after Democrats, gloat about the victory, and rail against "all the fake news". Ossoff had raised roughly $23 million and spent about $22 million as of the most recently available campaign finance reports.
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"I need to also thank Speaker Ryan and the House leadership and so numerous members across this country". According to CNBC, Trump won this district's presidential votes by only 1.5 points.
Indeed, Bryant even described as a "major disappointment" the fact that the Democratic Party had failed to "pull off a major upset" in Georgia by defeating the Republicans. She pledged to win the confidence of voters who backed Ossoff, who have become a huge symbol of opposition to Trump.
To note the significance, Handel also shared a story from the campaign trail of meeting a young girl who the Congresswoman-elect said had been following the race. "But this is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff told supporters.
But the Democrats found out that, once again, GOP voters in the South would rather send a Republican to Washington to help even an embattled president of their party than vote for a Democrat.
On the other hand, it's equally true that over the last 25 years, no Democrat has ever come close to seriously competing in this red district - formally represented by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Tom Price - and this special election was easily the closest contest Georgia's 6th has ever seen.
The Georgia special election was the most expensive US congressional race in history.