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US mid-terms: what impact has Islamic State had on the campaign?

Republicans have tried to attack the President's party on the issue of terrorism, but they may just end up helping him

By William McCants  

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown has said ISIS are © MATTHEW HEALEY/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Islamic State’s rampage across large swathes of Iraq this summer put the Obama administration on the defensive, making the militants’ advance an inviting target for Republican candidates campaigning for the US mid-term elections. Obama and the Democrats poll well on counterterrorism policy so the Republicans sensed an opportunity to dim one…

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