Democrats Gaining Ground In Midwest, President Donald Trump Country | Hardball | MSNBC

With this fall’s midterm now just 22 days until the midterm elections, we return to races in states that President Trump carried in 2016.
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Democrats Gaining Ground In Midwest, President Donald Trump Country | Hardball | MSNBC

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In the Centro Comercial, an upscale shopping center in downtown Managua, the usually bustling avenues were empty, save for the watchmen outside shuttered storefronts and a short line of men waiting to use the ATM outside a closed bank.

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