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Local Problems Cost GOP Hastert Seat


To hear Democratic political operatives and the liberal media tell it, the narrow victory of Democrat Bill Raster last week in the special U.S. House election to replace former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) was somehow a sign that a tidal wave would sweep out Republicans this November. [...] until the race in Illinois' 14th District, the Democrats had not picked up a single seat formerly held by a Republican in a special election since '06, and lost badly after spirited attempts to win special elections in Ohio and Virginia.) "It's a stunning repudiation of President Bush, his allies and John McCain, who wants to carry on [Bush's] legacy," echoed Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D.-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC.

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