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Conservatives on Twitter hilariously mock Democrats' 'moral victory' in Georgia special election

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Conservatives and Republicans on Twitter mock Democrats for declaring a "moral victory" in Jon Ossoff's special election loss for the 6th Congressional District seat. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Karen Handel (R) was declared the winner of Tuesday's special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Handel defeated her opponent, Democrat Jon Ossoff, by only 3.8 percentage points, a far cry from the victory margins Price pulled for years. But the race was notable for one other major reason: It was the most expensive congressional House race ever. According to campaign data, more than $50 million was spent on the race, the majority of which was spent on television and radio advertising.

Despite their narrow loss, Democrats declared the race a “moral victory” for their party. It was a sign that President Donald Trump’s presidency and his failure to enact a legislative agenda is hurting the GOP at the grassroots level, they said.

However, for Republicans, it was another actual victory, something they’ve become accustomed to since the midterm elections in 2010. So when Democrats began to discuss the “moral victory,” conservatives and Republicans on Twitter had lots of fun and laughter at Ossoff’s — and the DNC’s — expense.

Georgia’s special election wasn’t the only Republican victory Tuesday night. Ralph Norman (R) defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, a seat previously held by Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney.

Later this year, there will also be special elections for seats vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), who previously served as the junior senator from Alabama.

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