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Adam B had a great diary on the reclist showing "Democrats who took the toughest Votes" i.e Democrats in Republican leaning districts who voted against Stupak and for healthcare. Please read that first and contribute if you are able.

Before Adam posted his diary I had been working on compiling all the votes of Democrats in Republican districts. 69 Democrats were elected in Republican districts in 2008. John Murtha passed away and Eric Massa ... well we know all about him. Out of the 67 remaining a full 37 of them voted for the Senate bill and 30 voted NO.

Here are the Yes Votes:

DistrictIncumbentCook PVIElected
TN-06Bart GordonR+131984*
NDEarl PomeroyR+101992
WV-01Alan MollohanR+91982
IN-08Brad EllsworthR+82006*
PA-10Chris CarneyR+82006
SC-05John M. Spratt, JrR+71982
AZ-01Ann KirkpatrickR+62008
C0-04Betsy MarkeyR+62008
FL-02Allen BoydR+61996
IN-09Baron HillR+62006
WV-03Nick RahallR+61976
AZ-05Harry MitchellR+52006
AR-02Vic SnyderR+51996*
CO-03John SalazarR+52004
VA-05Tom PerrielloR+52008
AZ-08Gabrielle GiffordsR+42006
FL-24Suzanne KosmasR+42008
OH-16John BoccieriR+42008
TX-23Ciro RodriguezR+42006
KS-03Dennis MooreR+31998*
MI-01Bart StupakR+31992
NY-19John HallR+32006
PA-03Kathy DahlkemperR+32008
FL-08Alan GraysonR+22008
IN-02Joe DonnellyR+22006
MI-07Mark SchauerR+22008
NY-20Scott MurphyR+22009
NC-02Bob EtheridgeR+21996
OH-06Charlie WilsonR+22006
TX-27Solomon P. OrtizR+21982
WI-08Steve KagenR+22006
CA-11Jerry McNerneyR+12006
IL-08Melissa BeanR+12004
IL-11Debbie HalvorsonR+12008
IL-14Bill FosterR+12008
MN-01Tim WalzR+12006
NY-23Bill OwensR+12009
* - Not running for reelection.

The majority were elected between 2006 to 2009 and identify as moderate or Blue Dog (with the exception of John Hall and Alan Grayson who are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus).

Obviously some of these members are relatively secure (e.g Nick Rahall, Stupak(?)) but the majority really do appear to have competitive races and HCR will be a campaign issue.

In my inexpert scanning it looks like Carney, Kirkpatrick, Markey, Mitchell and Perriello will have some of the toughest races. Throw in Boccieri, Dahlkemper and Bill Owens in there too.

My observations:

Blue Dogs can come in handy: Clearly HCR would not have passed without the support of the majority of these members. Even though Blue Dogs can be aggravating to Progressives they really can come through on crucial votes. I think this validates the 50 State Strategy.

They really did take tough votes: While researching this diary I found many of them are already being blasted for their HCR and "Cap and Trade" votes by their Republican challengers. They knew that their vote would be used against them in the general and possibly cost them their seat, yet they went ahead and votes "Aye" anyway.

So I re-iterate Adam's call, lets show some love to some of these members. They represent moderate to conservative districts. Most of them are pro-life and pro-gun. They aren't going to be with you on everything you want. But when the most important vote came up they were willing to stand up and be counted.

Originally posted to rweba on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 09:32 AM PDT.

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