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Fast Fix: The perils of a politically famous name

In most elections, having a famous political last name usually gives a candidate a major leg up. After all, most voters pay only passing -- to be kind -- attention to elections, making name recognition the name (ahem) of the game.

But, in this anti-everything election, political dynasties are rapidly collapsing. Of the five senators whose fathers also served in the the Senate, two are retiring (Evan Bayh and Chris Dodd) and two lost intraparty fights (Bob Bennett and Lisa Murkowski).

And, in Nevada, Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is running hard away from his last name.

We explore this phenomenon in today's "Fast Fix" video.

Don't forget to check out all of our "Fast Fix" daily videos here. And, if you have a topic you want to see us break down in "Fast Fix" just email chris.cillizza@wpost.com with it.

By Chris Cillizza  | October 29, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fast Fix  
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