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Winnin’ ‘Dirty’

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Each year, the League of Conservation Voters compiles its “Dirty Dozen” list of Congressional candidates “who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.” The group boasts that since 1996 more than 60 percent of “dirty” candidates have been defeated. Well, that average is about to take a hit.

 

So far, one of them, former Rep. Richard Pombo (R., Calif.) has already lost in a Republican primary. Two others, Sen. Blanch Lincoln (D., Ark.) and Christine O’Donnell, are long shots at best. But the remaining nine candidates are all in position to win. Taken in totality, 2010 will no doubt be a huge defeat for the LCV. Here’s a rundown of the list (in order of appearance):

 

1. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D., Ark.) — The only Democrat on the list,

 

2. Steve Pearce (GOP House candidate, NM-02) —  

 

3. Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R., Calif.) –

 

4. Rep. Roy Blunt (GOP Senate candidate, Mo.) —

 

5. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., MN-06) —

 

 

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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