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A divided Congress and the lack of a guaranteed victory lessen the odds of its departure.

The Senate majority leader has chafed at the use of the term, which was coined after he blocked votes on House-passed election-security measures.

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Democrats want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back to vote on House-passed background check legislation, a request he has rejected.

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Concern has risen among Democrats after GOP groups reserved a combined $4 million in TV ads while Democratic groups have remained on the sidelines.

The former governor could face the same obstacles in a home-state Democratic primary that have so far kept his presidential campaign from igniting.

The letter was signed by the leaders of El Paso and Dayton and several other cities that have experienced high-profile mass shootings in recent years.

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In 2013, a bill expanding background checks fell short. Now only two Republicans are on record backing it after the recent mass shootings.

But Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) cautioned that House Democrats would need to win the support of the American people before heading down that road.

The Republican senator said the procedure was related to injuries suffered in a 2017 assault. He plans to return to Washington in September.

Marchant’s retirement leaves open a third Texas House seat heavily targeted by Democrats in 2020.

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