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How the 2002-2008 Election Cycles Shaped the Republican Field

A thought-provoking post by Sean Trende:

Even worse for Republicans, consider some of the candidates who lost pretty close races in ’02 or ’03: Matt Salmon in Arizona, Bill Simon in California, Jim Ryan in Illinois, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Dick Posthumus in Michigan, Steve Largent in Oklahoma and Scott McCallum in Wisconsin. I tend to believe that had they won in 2002, been re-elected in 2006 (and avoided scandal), most of these candidates would be in the presidential mix right now. 

Every election counts, it seems.

Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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