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  •  Double or Nothing (0+ / 0-)

    Joe Donnelly's campaign in 2012 was just a case of going for "Double or Nothing."

    •    His House district was made unwinnable in redistricting.
    •    There was a good chance that the GOP would dump Lugar in its Senate primary.
    •    He had a decent shot of beating Mourdock if he were the nominee.
    •    If he lost, he could easily make big bucks as a lobbyist.
    He had nothing to lose.
    •  Most people thought there was little chance (0+ / 0-)

      Lugar would lose - at least that was what they thought when Donnelly announced. Things changed, but it took a while for it to become clear that Lugar was really going to lose and lose big, and the margin surprised even many people who already had realized some time beforehand that he was going to be defeated.

      Also, if there's nothing to being a candidate, why are so many people reluctant to run? It's a big effort, that's why. Etc. You've read what former candidates have had to say in this thread, yes? If not, do. It's quite instructive.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 08:49:55 PM PST

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