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Democratic Challengers to GOP Rival on Squaring Off: ‘Adriano Espaillat, Ritchie Torres. Kathleen Rice.’

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Adriano Espaillat, left, who lost a Democratic primary for a House seat from New York’s 13th District to Ritchie Torres, and Kathleen Rice, who lost a Democratic primary for a House seat from New York’s 3rd District to Joseph Crowley, at the District of Columbia Press Club on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Natasha Liszewski/The Epoch Times)

The Democrats who lost a November primary in several seats targeted by Republicans celebrated after defeating their GOP opponents. But as they began collecting donations for the 2018 midterms, their donations featured the same message:

“Adriano Espaillat. Ritchie Torres. Kathleen Rice.”

This would be familiar messaging for those who favored Democrats who chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, or earlier for those who preferred Al Franken and Michael Bennet over fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton for their party’s presidential nominations.

But with some particularly close races, it was bound to get political, and among those who gathered on Friday was Maryland State Sen. Richard Madaleno, who looked on as Dallas Carroll, a Democrat who ran against him in 2016, choked up when explaining how he came to join a fundraising event with him in Washington, D.C.

“How do I do that?” Carroll said in a video in which he describes what happened after winning the primary against Madaleno. Carroll said a lot of people told him that no one was going to work with him, but he still started working with his opponent. And, he said, “It’s not a rosary. It’s actually a chance to govern.”

“Adriano Espaillat, Ritchie Torres. Kathleen Rice.”

In Washington, D.C., New York congressional district attorney Kathleen Rice took time from her lead role in the Trump administration’s war on opioids to explain why she was going to raise money from her primary loss to Joseph Crowley, the sitting House Democratic Caucus chairman.

“This has been a really lonely time for me,” Rice said of her experiences running for a congressional seat in New York’s 3rd District. “I’ve had a lot of questions, a lot of silence from my colleagues.”

She was referring to a Twitter photo of Crowley with Donald Trump Jr.

And she was a year removed from losing the election to Crowley, who was successfully nominated to succeed Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic Leader.

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