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Friday, September 29, 2006

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Becky

Of course, one of the most prominent examples of the failure to mention a party affiliation is Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is the Republican candidate for Senate in a strongly Democratic state. While Josh notes that state Republicans have been mostly true to their party identity, the dynamics could be a little different when it comes to Congress, where being seen as too cozy with President Bush may be a particular liability. After all, one can't forget Steele's not-long-anonymous comments to the Washington Post about the 'scarlet letter' danger of the GOP label.

Josh

The ironic thing is that party affiliation really matters a lot more to voters in federal elections than in gubernatorial elections. People are willing to cross party lines in their gubernatorial voting because they understand that those elections don't affect the national balance of power in the same way as U.S. House or U.S. Senate elections. I bet Michael Steele realizes that his party affiliation could be his Achilles Heel in a federal election, which is why he's concerned with distancing himself from it.

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