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>> Donald Trump has got to go.>> Since the beginning of this Congressional cycle, Democrats have been tightly focused on a handful of races they need to take control of the House of Representatives. But over the course of the last several weeks, Democrats have become more optimistic about the battleground.
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I'm James Oliphant, political correspondent for Reuters, and I've been covering the run-up to the very critical congressional elections coming in November. Analysts say that even with a strong economy, President Donald Trump is such an agent of turbulence that it continues to galvanize Democratic voters and women in particular.
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>> Kavanaugh has got to go.>> And for them, the final straw was the way that Trump mocked Brett Kavanaugh's accuser.>> How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember.>> What it means is that Democrats are investing in races and in district.
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One of those districts is a district in Central Virginia, just outside of Richmond. The incumbent is a Republican named Dave Brat. You might remember Dave Brat as the guy who came out of nowhere to beat the then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a surprise Republican primary win back in 2014.
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Brat was sort of the face of the Tea Party. He's part of the Freedom Caucus in the house, they're big allies of President Trump, and he is in a district, frankly now that makes him some kind of a target. Republicans have had a hard time, since Trump was elected, attracting wealthier, educated, suburban voters, particularly women.
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And as fate would have it, Dave Brat is running against a woman.>> I'm Abigail Spanberger.>> She's a former CIA officer with a lot of experience in government. She said that she was motivated to run after 2016 and after Trump won the presidency.>> I won't let anyone push Virginians or me around.
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>> And in a way, this is Dave Brat's worst nightmare. Brat got some attention last year where he complained about women who were coming to his campaign events and sort of giving him a hard time. He said they were all up in his grill. So Abigail Spanberger, she's looking to leverage that.
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And why is this important? Well, again, it goes back to the 23 seats the Democrats need to take control of the House of Representatives. Republicans, they're playing defense, they're putting ads up in districts like Dave Brat's, they're trying to warn Republican voters that they need to come out to stop this Democratic wave.
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And Democrats are continuing to see a surge of interest, and that's led analysts to conclude that races that were once safely held Republican seats are now in danger.