2020 contenders use shutdown fight to raise cash, talk to base

(From Politico)

“They’re not trying to persuade middle-of-the-road voters with this, they’re trying to get Democratic activists — not only from early primary, caucus states, but the small-donor community across the country — excited,” said Ian Russell, a strategist at Beacon Media, a Democratic consulting firm. “Tactically, it makes a ton of sense for individual candidates to do.”

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