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This image captured the mainstream media's reaction to the Georgia special election and went viral

A screenshot from CNN's coverage of the special election in Georgia went viral for its apparent depiction of the disappointment on the faces of guests on CNN's panel. (Image Source: Twitter screenshot)

Immediately after the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District was called for Republican Karen Handel, an image went viral on social media for portraying the sadness many perceive the mainstream media has when Republicans are victorious.

It was a screenshot a viewer snapped from CNN's coverage of the election.

The image was widely shared on social media and showed the crestfallen expressions from the guests on a CNN panel.

Those pictured were CNN's political director David Chalian, CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Berger, CNN's executive director of Political Programming/Sr. Political Analyst Mark Preston, and Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash.

The election seemed to go badly for Democrat Jon Ossoff very early as many expected him to have a strong showing in precincts that would report soon after the polls closed. When the numbers showed Republican candidate Karen Handel cleaning up in the expected liberal districts, it became easy to predict the outcome.

The Decision Desk HQ called the election for Handel at about 9:56 p.m. ET, with the mainstream networks following suit very soon after.

Handel won with 51.9 percent of the vote to Ossoff's 48.1 percent, despite polling that showed the Democrat with a large lead in the race just a week out from election day.

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