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View Diary: Did Dems Unilaterally Cost Ourselves the House Through Candidates, Redistricting, The DCCC? Probably (47 comments)

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  •  I tried to keep it within reason (1+ / 0-)
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    sturunner

    so I'll say again, it isn't like I was recruiting Brian Schweitzer or Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Wherever I assumed a stronger candidate I tried to provide justification and it was usually someone who looked at the race for a while but ultimately didn't pull the trigger, like Mike McMahon.

    And yes, Gary Herbert would have crushed Matheson I'd imagine. Republicans definitely cost themselves that seat with the line drawing.

    •  Still, there are plenty of cases on both sides (2+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, NMLib

      Where strong candidates decide for some reason or another not to run. This is a completely normal and unfortunately often unavoidable situation, and I think if you second guess it on one side, you need to second guess it on other.

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