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After good week, GOP House campaigners aren't yet optimistic. But they are less pessimistic

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Everyone knows the campaign has been an up-and-down affair for GOP strategists, and that the middle of the summer, after the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki and the uproar over separation of illegal immigrant families, was a very down time. Republican strategists who a few months earlier felt confident about keeping the House turned toward pessimism. Their big hope was that something would happen to make things better. Now, perhaps it has. Enter the Kavanaugh effect.