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First Read's Morning Clips: Talk about some expensive special elections

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
Image: Karen Handel votes in Roswell, Georgia, USA
Republican US House of Representatives candidate Karen Handel (C) speaks to the media after casting her ballot at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Roswell, Georgiaon June 20, 2017. Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in the expensive and closely watched special runoff election to fill Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a Republican.Erik S. Lesser / EPA

MIDTERM MADNESS: Talk about some expensive special elections

From one of us(!): Those special elections? They’ve cost the political parties at least $48.5 million.

Bloomberg rounds up the red-state Democrats’ very impressive fundraising numbers.

CA-SEN: A little-known Republican running on an “America First” platform could threaten Kevin de Leon’s second place status in the race.

CA-GOV: Newsom’s lead is growing, but two Republicans are vying for second place as Villaraigosa’s place in the polls drops.

GA-GOV: Stacey Abrams is $200,000 in debt.

OH-GOV: Richard Cordray is up with his second TV ad, tying himself to Barack Obama.

MA-GOV: Setti Warren is dropping out of the Massachusetts governors’ race.

MO-GOV: The Post-Dispatch rounds up Eric Greitens’ efforts to lobby lawmakers as impeachment looms.

RI-SEN: Lincoln Chafee says he’s “very likely” to primary Sheldon Whitehouse.

SC-GOV: Trump is taking center stage in ads in the South Carolina governor race.

TX: Greg Abbott wants Blake Farenthold to pay for the special election to replace him.

WV-SEN: The Morrisey campaign is circulating an internal poll showing him in the lead, 28 percent to 26 percent.

Don Blankenship is calling Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law a “wealthy China person.”

TRUMP AGENDA: Ronny Jackson withdraws

VA nominee Ronny Jackson is out, NBC reports.

French President Emanuel Macron says Trump is likely to scrap the Iran deal.

From Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hallie Jackson and Alex Moe: “Support for Pruitt wanes as he takes the hot seat on Capitol Hill”

Ben Carson will propose rent hikes for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies.

Justices appeared to be skeptical of a challenge to the president’s travel ban, writes the New York Times.

From NBC’s Mike Memoli and Anna Schecter: “Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Democrats on Capitol Hill that former Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon asked the embattled data firm to study voter suppression strategies as the group also conducted test messaging on Russia.”

Michael Cohen says he’ll take the fifth.

Rudy Giuliani met with the special counsel’s office this week, the New York Times writes.