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Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

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HOUSTON - Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a "NEVER HILLARY" bumper sticker on his pickup. Her plans to donate even more bewilder friends.
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Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

8 monthes ago   |   By

HOUSTON - Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a “NEVER HILLARY” bumper sticker on his pickup. Her plans to donate even more bewilder friends.
“It's not the question of why I have to support a failing candidate,” said Narasimhan, mingling at a fundraiser for Democrat Sri Kulkarni on a sweltering Texas summer night. “Unless you put some faith in it, you're not going to make it work.”
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Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

8 monthes ago   |   By

HOUSTON - Donors pouring money into the November midterm elections are putting cash into races in places they never have before to help Democrats.
More than $1 billion raised so far nationally is helping finance battlegrounds that will likely decide control of Congress. But longshot Democratic candidates in historically invincible GOP districts are also seeing a big financial boost.
In Texas, 15 Democratic challengers running in Republican-held districts have so far raised at least $100,000. In 2014, only one cracked six figures.
The money in most races isn't changing the conventional...
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