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Dems struggle to vet candidates in fast-moving #MeToo moment

The early exit on Friday of Andrea Ramsey, a leading Democratic candidate in a key congressional race – a woman backed by the deep pockets of liberal Emily’s List – underscores both how unprepared these new candidates are for the unforgiving political scrutiny of a battleground campaign and the difficulty of fully vetting so many recruits.

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Dems’ new plan for 2018: New candidates, more ambition

Democratic leaders say this week’s shock victories, headlined by gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam’s attention-grabbing nine-point win in Virginia, are making them reconsider the 2018 midterm elections, convinced the party should grow more ambitious amid a backlash to President Donald Trump.

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Republicans suddenly fear disastrous 2018

For Republicans, Tuesday’s results across the country were a reminder that Democrats are capable of translating liberal anti-Trump energy into actual votes. It was evidence of the environmental perils that often await a president’s party in the midterm elections—especially when that president has historically low approval ratings.

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Trump voters say they’re doing fine but government is lying about economy’s health

There’s a disconnect between economic data suggesting a good and growing economy, and a groundswell of voters who think those numbers are rigged. Interviews with several dozen voters in Western Pennsylvania who support Republican Donald Trump reveal a deeply held distrust of government statistics and programs, a fear that their own relative prosperity is threatened and the strong sense that change is critical in the White House.

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