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Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP s bid for House

Republicans are brandishing the latest weapon in their uphill fight for House control this November: votes by moderate Democrats to pass a USD 3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the US illegally. They re also celebrating their recent capture of a Democratic-held House seat north of Los Angeles. They say it shows they can win suburban districts whose centrist voters fled the GOP two years ago, costing it the chamber s majority. Moderate districts ringing American cities are still the key House battleground. Yet five months from Election Day, Republican prospects for winning control seem slim. GOP candidates are burdened by President Donald Trump s lingering unpopularity with suburban voters, his slow and erratic handling of the pandemic and an economy with only the faintest heartbeat. They face a potentially crippling fundraising disadvantage against pivotal Democratic incumbents. Coping with those disadvantages is all the more difficult ...

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