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At this point in the election races, our focus for the Senate is on races that are close enough to go either way, with the aim of trying to get to a fillibuster-proof 60 seats. For the House, our focus is different. Obviously, the House majority itself isn't at issue, but it is important for now and for the long-term to strengthen the progressive character of the party, so here we are targeting House races which are close and in which the Democratic candidate has especially good progressive credentials.



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Mark Begich

AK-Sen

Mark Begich is running against Ted Stevens, and the race is, amazingly, statistically tied, despite the fact that Stevens is on trial for corruption. But Stevens won his last race with a 78% vote, so this is the best chance in many years to pick up this seat.

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Al Franken

MN-Sen

This is still neck and neck. Given that it's Minnesota, and that Obama is way ahead, Franken looks to do well. But it's a key race and a must-win in the race to 60.

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Jim Martin

GA-Sen

Jim Martin is running against the contemptible Saxby Chambliss, perhaps best known for the disgusting campaign 6 years ago against Max Clelund. Martin has picked up ground in the last few weeks and is now running essentially even with Chambliss.

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Ronnie Musgrove

MS-Sen

In this special election, Musgrove is up against Roger Wicker who was appointed to take Trent Lott's seat after his resignation. Musgrove has cut into Wicker's lead and is now polling within the margin of error. Especially if there is a low GOP turnout, this seat is within sight.

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Kay Hagan

NC-Sen

Kay Hagan is in a dead-heat with Elizabeth Dole in a state that is blue enough that Obama might take it. This is our best chance to pick up a Southern seat.

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Bruce Lunsford

KY-Sen

This one's a bit longer of a shot. But Lunsford is a few percentage points away from unseating GOP Minority Leader McConnell, who makes Trent Lott look like a decent guy by comparison.

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Dan Maffei

NY-24

A true progressive, Maffei nearly won this formerly solidly GOP district in 2006. He is narrowly leading incumbant Jim Walsh, but this district is still very much in play. A great opportunity not just to pick up another Democratic seat, but a solidly progressive one.

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Jim Himes

CT-04

A very progressive voice in a dead heat with GOP incumbent Christopher Shays.

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Gary Peters

MI-14

With the McCain camp folding up the tent in Michigan, Peters, who has a narrow lead in the polls over Joe Knollenberg, would be an important new progressive voice.

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Victoria Wulsin

OH-02

A very strong progressive now in a dead heat with the very right-wing Jean Schmidt.

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Charlie Brown

CA-04

Charlie Brown is one of the favorites of the grassroots progressive movement. Running now just few points ahead of Tom McClintock, this is a chance to replace a hard-core right ideologue with a strong progressive in a rural and traditionally very conservative district.

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Gary Trauner

WY-AL

A solid progressive in a tough race for Wyoming's sole House seat, Trauner is tied with Republican Cynthia Lummis for this open seat.

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