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Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's special election in the latest setback for Democrats

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Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's special election in the latest setback for Democrats

WATCH | Here are the winners and losers in the Georgia special election.

UPDATE 7:08 a.m. EST:

Once again, Democrats failed to show that progressive energy can translate into actual wins that expand their midterm map. 


Republican Karen Handel held onto the seat vacated by Tom Price when he became President Trump's Health and Human Services secretary with four-point win over Jon Ossoff.

Georgia's special election follows similar results in Montana, Kansas and South Carolina where despite their best efforts, Democrats weren't able to turn a GOP seat blue. 

President Trump celebrated Handel's "huge win" -- where else? -- on Twitter.

But Hollywood had a tough time accepting Democrats' latest defeat.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday night in the hotly contested run-off election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. 

In what has become the most expensive Congressional race in history, Handel edged out Ossoff to take up the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who is now President Trump's Health and Human Services secretary.


Handel's win proved to be a big blow to Democrats hoping harness the energy of the progressive movement.

Ossoff channeled the anti-Trump resistance movement throughout his campaign, hoping to flip a traditionally Republican Congressional district.

The candidates' parties and outside super PACs funneled more than $50 million dollars into the race. 

The 6th district in the Atlanta suburb has typically leaned red but the 2016 presidential race had Democrats hoping to turn it blue.

President Trump won the district by only 1.5 percent last year, compared to 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney claiming it by over 20 percentage points.

Republicans were quick to celebrate the victory. 

Democratic Rep. Earl Blumeauer reminded everyone how remarkably close the vote was.

As multiple news outlets called the results, here's what Trump had to say. 

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