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Quotation

What we have seen in the special elections is a significant spike in the interest, engagement, spending and energy by the liberal Democrats and progressive movement… The spending is real. The organizational prowess is real. And the energy is real.

— Matt Walter, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, on Democratic momentum at the state level (Via The New York Times: “They can’t wait to vote”: Energized Democrats target dominant Republicans in statehouses)