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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rep. John Lewis dances too soon

John Lewis smiling
Rep. John Lewis was cutting a rug, busting a move, shucking and a jiving for John Ossoff as the first votes poured in Tuesday for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election.

Lewis is a Democratic congressman from Georgia and has campaigned his Ossoff for their party's candidate. The early voting showed young Ossoff with a small lead over Republican Karen Handel.

Lewis, speaking too soon, told Ossoff supporters at the election watch party: "I tell you, in recent times, I've never seen anything like this. This is not just a campaign, this is a movement."

And a movement it remains, only not for the Democrats, but for the GOP as they won again. Was Trump correct when he said Republicans were going to get tired of winning?

While media outlets like CNN have touted this election as a referendum on Donald Trump, now that Ossoff has lost, they will likely say that the election was not a referendum on Donald Trump.

The special election decided that Karen Handel will replace former Rep. Tom Price, who now is President Trump's Health and Human Services secretary.

As results came in, it was determined around 10:00 p.m. ET that Handel won the election. Ossoff can now go back to his own district and perhaps try a political run there.

And John Lewis now understands the old adage: "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."