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  •  He ran a terrible campaign (0+ / 0-)

    That's like saying Todd Akin means Roy Blunt's 2016 race should be Lean D.

    20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
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    Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
    UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

    by jncca on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:43:14 PM PST

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    •  Akin wasn't the top choice (3+ / 0-)
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      nimh, MichaelNY, askew

      Of the MO GOP, quite obviously. But let me ask you this: Let's say Michigan Republicans had run a "good" campaign in 2012. What do you think they could have accomplished? 45% of the vote?

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      by David Nir on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 04:45:37 PM PST

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      •  They'll have a higher ceiling in a midterm (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, BlueWisconsin

        "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

        by jfern on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:26:42 PM PST

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      •  Yes, against a popular incumbent (1+ / 0-)
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        In an open seat I'd be surprised if they don't exceed 45%.

        20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
        politicohen.com
        Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
        UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

        by jncca on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:30:40 PM PST

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        •  Stabenow wasn't popular (1+ / 0-)
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          by any stretch of the imagination. She spent the first two years of the cycle with mediocre approvals.

          "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

          by ArkDem14 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:06:58 PM PST

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