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ATLANTA: Pennsylvania's Conor Lamb and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the new miracle men of the Democratic Party, offer a clear model for how to run in Republican territory: Focus on economics, not guns, immigration or President Donald Trump. But that won't be easy when much of the party is whipped into a fervor over those topics.The challenge will greet Democratic candidates across 75 targeted GOP-held districts that Trump won in 2016, as well as the 10 Democratic senators facing re-election challenges in states Trump won.To be sure, most of those districts are friendlier to Democrats than Jones' Alabama, which Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points, and Lamb's southwest Pennsylvania House district, where Trump won by nearly 20 percentage points and Lamb maintains a lead of 700 votes. Since joining the Senate, he's voted with Republicans to end a government shutdown that liberal activists wanted, but stuck with his party in voting against GOP-backed abortion restrictions.Democrats stress that may not be true in every race, dismissing concerns that some policy positions may be too liberal to sell in November.Recent GOP history shows Democrats the very double-edged sword at issue.Those tea party nominees who captured the House in 2010 have often upended the GOP's ability to get major legislation through.
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