In battle for the House, many Dems start from scratch

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Democrats are counting on an unusual crop of candidates as they try to recapture control of the House and win more leverage against President Donald Trump: people who have never done anything like this before.

Of the more than 50 candidates running in GOP-held districts given the best chance for flipping, almost two-thirds are seeking office for the first time. That’s a significant increase over 2016, when less than half of those running in targeted districts were first-timers.

The rookie candidates are a wide range of ages, races and backgrounds. Several held jobs in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Their bids represent a different approach for Democrats, after progressives accused the party of rigging Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential nomination, and after both Bernie Sanders and Trump ascended as party outsiders.

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