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How the White House is trying to spin the 2017 elections
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The White House has decided Democrats' sweeping wins against Republicans last night was no big feat and that it was, in part, Ed Gillespie's fault, according to talking points sent from a senior White House official to their communications team.

"Gillespie's wavering support for the President resulted in depressed turnout among Republicans," the email read. "If the Gillespie campaign embraced the President anywhere, it was in SW Virginia. And, look what happened: SW Virginia significantly over-performed for Republicans relative to 2013."