The Corner

Massachusetts Special

Lt. Col. Jim Ogonowski (R) is making an unexpectedly spirited challenge to Niki Tsongas (D) for the fifth district seat recently vacated by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.). The election is October 16.

Republican registration in the district is 14 percent (yes, you’re reading that correctly, one-four) but Ogonowski is trailing Paul Tsongas’s widow by just ten points in a public poll, ten points in Republican internal polls, and supposedly just five points in an internal Democratic poll.

If there is a way for Republicans to win, it is to campaign against Washington, as an outsider — as Ogonowski has done. He probably won’t win, but he’ll come very close for this district. He’s already given Tsongas a shock.

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