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Shane Gill, a high-school teacher who owes about $45,000 in federal student loans, plus another $40,000 to his parents, in New York, May 9, 2013.

Democrats' new villain

Democrats in tight races have found a new opponent to vilify this election cycle: student debt. “It totally limits your options of what you can do,” said one student in an ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes, who accuses Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mcdonnell of having “turned his back on the students” for blocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan refinancing bill.

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