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Crowley did not take the challenge lightly, spending $1.5 million, more than five times as much as his opponent. In his own campaign messaging, Crowley called himself «Joe from Queens» and emphasized how his clout in Washington made him an ideal opponent to Donald Trump.

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She turned and faced Palma. «With all due respect,» she said, «I’m the only one running for Congress in this room.».