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The New York Times reported today on the contest in Iowa's new Fourth Congressional District between Republican nut-case Steve King and Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack. The Times article states that "Despite the long odds (Christie Vilsack) began with, the race is a tossup, according to recent polling. If she prevails, Mrs. Vilsack will become the first woman Iowa has sent to Washington." And, further...
Because of Mrs. Vilsack’s surprising rise, Republicans have had to scramble to Mr. King’s defense, fattening up his campaign staff with aides from Gov. Terry Branstad’s office and spending money on advertising in a district they were hoping not to bother with.
The article also points out that it's not just in Iowa that Tea Party stars are in trouble:
Like Mr. King, Tea Party candidates across the country in districts with a mix of voters are finding a far less hospitable environment this time, especially in swing states. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is in a tight race with a deep-pocketed Democrat, though officials in both parties put her chances of returning to Washington as better than Mr. King’s. Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado and Representative Allen West of Florida are also facing head winds.
In states where the Democrats have a clear advantage in the presidential race, Tea Party-blessed incumbents like Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois and Representative Ann Marie Buerkle of New York are all in deep trouble.