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AP: Harris beats Kratovil in District 1 race

Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D), the first Democrat to represent the 1st Congressional District in many years, has lost his seat after a close race with state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R), according to the Associated Press. It was a reprise of their contest two years ago -- except for the ending.

Kratovil had defeated Harris in 2008 by fewer than 3,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, after Harris ousted longtime Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest in the Republican primary. Gilchrest, a self-described moderate, subsequently endorsed Kratovil in that election and again this year.

Because the 2008 squeaker made Kratovil an obvious target, outside groups poured millions of dollars into the 1st Congressional District this fall for television advertising.

By Terri Rupar  | November 2, 2010; 10:21 PM ET
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