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Today's Washington Post has a story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsing a Democrat for a House seat in 2014:

Congressional candidates trot out endorsements  all the time. Most of them mean nothing. But every once in a while, we come across one that grabs our attention.

That happened today in California's 52nd district, where the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Rep. Scott Peters (D) against Republican challenger Carl DeMaio.

It seems at one time the U.S. Chamber of Commerce used to endorse Democrats, but that has changed since the election of President Barack Obama:
In 2010, the Chamber backed 38 Democrats. In 2010, it supported 21. In 2012, that number slipped to five.

One of the reasons for the shrinking pool of Chamber-backed Democrats is there aren't nearly as many moderate, business-friendly Democrats in Congress as there were in 2008. Another is the Chamber's apparently intensified focus on helping Republicans win.

Many news outlets are saying the Democratic Party will lose the Senate in 2014.

That is related to my poll question:



Should the Democratic Party try harder to win endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

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