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Thursday, October 05, 2006

John Deeth Blog: The Night I Knew I Was Going To Lose

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

There's been a lot of talk this year about a 50 state strategy -- Dems running everywhere, trying everywhere, being in position just in case late developments make a long shot race winnable -- look at Wyoming, look at Idaho, look at Mark Foley. There's also a case to be made for investing resources in the best prospects -- the candidates with the sharpest resumes, the districts with the best demographics. I don't know the right answer -- both, I guess. As regulars know, I was a legislative candidate ten years ago. I remember the night I knew I was going to lose. I was a classic example of the 50 state strategy -- a relative unknown opposing an unproductive but affable incumbent in a very red district (though Red vs. Blue was still four years off). I was literally Better Than Nothing: it was either I run or there's a blank line on the ballot.

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