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  •  Please pardon my lack of knowledge, (0+ / 0-)

    but why is this seat "cursed"?
    Let's go Dems! More AND better!

    Peace - Is it really too much to work for?

    by BigVegan on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 06:35:17 PM PST

    •  One joke I hear sometimes... (4+ / 0-)
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      Black Max, bear83, BigVegan, Big Danny

      ...is that Nixon cursed the seat because Ervin led up the Watergate Commission and recommended Nixon be impeached.

      All your vote are belong to us.

      by Harkov311 on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 06:38:42 PM PST

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    •  The Curse (3+ / 0-)
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      brownsox, bear83, Blue South

      It's coincidence more than anything, but the Senate Class 3 (those seats up for election in 2010) have an interesting history. In 1980 there was a huge Republican wave, even in a place where Republicans had never been successful before: the South. It was just coincidence that Robert Morgan had only been in office for one term when the wave came. It's hard to imagine now, but back then, a Republican senator from the south was an anomaly. In 1986, one-term Republicans were thrown out in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and a few other places, some outside the South. But the South was definitely becoming more conservative, and North Carolina had voted in an outstandingly progressive (for the time and place) senator, Terry Sanford, in 1986. So, in 1992, out he went, in favor of Lauch Faircloth. In 1998, Faircloth ran into the John Edwards buzzsaw, and think we know the rest from there. Edwards declined to run again in 2004, Burr won the open seat, and now Burr is going to get crushed in 2010.

      That's probably a longer answer than you wanted. The short answer is it's coincidence combined with the unique circumstances of the 1980 election and the meteoric rise and fall of John Edwards.

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