Media members constantly said Democrats hoping for a Jon Ossoff upset victory in Georgia's sixth congressional district considered the race a "referendum" on the turbulent presidency of Donald Trump.
After all, Trump's approval rating is at a record-low for someone at this early a period in their administration, and his agenda has been stalled while the Russia investigation continues to dominate Washington.
Yet, the referendum talk backfired after Republican Karen Handel defeated Ossoff by four percentage points in the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Despondent Democrats were frustrated over the flood of money that went into the fourth losing effort in a congressional race during the Trump presidency, and the president himself was jubilant in victory.
Both he and Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Handel in the district, and the soon-to-be congresswoman thanked them both during her victory speech.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway couldn't resist needling disappointed Democrats on Tuesday night, tweeting "thanks" to everyone who "breathlessly and snarkily" called the race a referendum on Trump.
You were right. #winning
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 21, 2017