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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

John Deeth Blog: National GOP pulls plug on House challengers

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The Republican National Committee is pulling its money out of
challenger races to shore up suddenly endangered incumbents, reports
the Politico. In 2006, veteran Republicans Gil Gutknecht in Minnesota,
Jim Leach in Iowa and Jim Ryun in Kansas suddenly found themselves in
tough reelection fights. By the time the party saw what was happening,
it was already too late. And this it is this year, as the GOP moves
resources.In Iowa, that's going to mean, if anything, Rep. Tom Latham,
who has a race on his hands in the 4th District against Becky
Greenwald. National Republicans don't have much invested in the other
races, and the Latham-Greenwald race is the only one in the state
that's on the national handicapper's lists (though still near the

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