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Choose your own House race (redux)

When Colorado's 4th district won our last choose your own House race contest, little did we know that our colleague Dan Balz was already in the district reporting out a story on Rep. Betsy Markey's (D) re-election race.

Great minds!

As Balz writes:

"Rep. Betsy Markey, a first-term Democrat in a Republican district, was one of just eight House members who switched their votes from 'no' to 'yes' when President Obama's health-care bill finally passed Congress. Her vote left the endangered incumbent in an even more precarious position."

Make sure to read the whole piece -- a nuanced look at whether and how Markey will be able to sell her controversial vote to her swing district and a microcosm of the challenge before Democratic Members in targeted races this fall.

Since Dan has already taken care of Colorado's 4th, we didn't think it made sense to write another piece about the district and so we are throwing open the voting again for Fixistas to pick a new House race we should cover in this space.

Your options are below. Vote early! Vote often!

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
Categories:  House  
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I can't guess how prevalent this is nationwide, but the Republican in the OH third, Mike Turner, currently the incumbent would have seemed to be unbeatable, given the near impossibility of the Democrat carrying Highland County and the other Eastern precincts, but one very agitated T-Person has taken Mike on in the primary and even though she seems to be a particular light weight, she could make him burn campaign funds he might want in the general to keep his place on the ticket.

Since she isn't the only irate and self appointed arbiter of what Republicans ought to be around here, the likelihood of a T-Person running on some parties masthead is good.

The Democrat, a real unknown up to now, might get a LOT of traction just staying out of the cat fights and hen sessions that are already breaking out on the right.

There are bellwethers and there are harbingers of spring, and Mikey and his thousand travails might get to be all of them.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Americans know certain things - like how many home runs Babe Ruth had, or which team Lou Gehrig played for."

You've watched too many WWII movies. Or am I thinking of Hogan's Heroes?


Posted by: bsimon1 | April 5, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@JHMO - Interesting. I didn't find any information that indicates Sowers poses a threat.

I'd note that the focus of this group of races was Democrats whose votes in favor of HCR might cause trouble. Given that the first poll was evenly split between the race that Balz covered and Perriello, I think CC should have gone for that race without the trouble. However, voting is coming down about the way it did before. As a recent immigrant to Virginia (albeit NoVa), I'm quite interested in the race.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't throw a baseball - it is a sure sign he is not an American.

The CIA and military intelligence have some sure-fire ways to determine if someone is American.

Americans know certain things - like how many home runs Babe Ruth had, or which team Lou Gehrig played for.

A trip-up on these kinds of things is usually a give-away that - no matter how good one's English is - that the person is not American.

Look at how Obama throws a baseball. He is not an American. It is pretty simple.




Posted by: 37thand0street | April 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

These are old news. The race to watch is Missouri's 8th. Tommy Sowers, a former Green Beret is raising loads of money and running against Jo Ann Emerson who's never had a real challenger. Rush Limbaugh's home district. That's the race to watch and vote on.

Posted by: JHMO | April 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza:

You could have still written about the REPUBLICANS running against Markey. Same thing for Ohio's 16th CD or Virginia's 5th CD, which will both be won by Republicans as well. Gov. Palin's other target districts: Arkansas' 2nd, Arizona's 1st, Arizona's 5th, Arizona's 8th, Colorado's 3rd, Colorado's 4th, Florida's 2nd, Florida's 24th, Indiana's 8th, Indiana's 9th, North Dakota at-large, Ohio's 6th, Pennsylvania's 3rd, Pennsylvania's 10th, South Carolina's 5th, Tennessee's 6th, West Virginia's 1st and West Virginia's 3rd.

Posted by: JakeD2 | April 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The president is not taking his appearance on the mound for granted, aides said. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama has practiced pitching within the last week with aides Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson.

Maybe it will make it most of the way to the plate this time.


Posted by: Zouk_is_King | April 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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