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Detroit Free Press: Pelosi wants election victories secured a year before votes are cast

With a winning message, strong fundraising and a powerful ground game, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she plans to scare off credible challengers, secure a victorious 2020 election cycle and maintain the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by November, a year before voters cast their ballots.

By November, sitting and potential members of Congress will make the decision on whether they’ll run for Congress in the 2020 cycle, Pelosi told the Detroit Free Press editorial board Monday. And Democratic candidates will have the edge.

“You have done your ground work, constituent work, town hall meetings. You are out there, present. You’re formidable … We have people in the field, we own the ground and have a brutal get-out-the-vote operation,” she said. “And money — there’s nothing quite as eloquent as a bank statement to show strength.”

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