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    DesJarlais and Sanford both underperformed their districts considerably. Those were also general elections; DesJarlais didn't face a primary (which is what we're talking about here), and Sanford ran against a rather weak field for an open seat.

    Vitter is a much savvier politician than Kinder and had four years between the DC madame business and his next re-election.

    As for Kinder, well, he was the incumbent seeking re-election, and he barely won renomination. Had he been seeking an open seat against the likes of Brad Lager, do you think he would have been victorious?

    And I'd also point out that Montee, too, came quite close in the general election. But again, I'm specifically thinking primaries. And I think there's a lot to distinguish a damaged candidate like Kinder taking on an incumbent (who is supported by the party establishment) from the names you mention.

    Kinder can also certainly be distinguished from Spitzer, who after all committed crimes and resigned from office. But I think Kinder's behavior is weirder and more off-putting. And while Stringer was not an incumbent, he was similarly backed by the establishment, just like Smith.

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    by David Nir on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 01:57:57 PM PDT

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