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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cook Report Moves Marilyn Musgrave Seat to Tossup

Marilyn Musgrave is Michele Bachmann's clone in Colorado. Betsy Markey is running an excellent race, and the race is now listed as a tossup by the Cook Political Report. From the Fix:

* The Cook Political Report, one of the most esteemed handicappers of House races (and The Fix's former employer), moved ten (TEN!) Republican-held seats into more competitive categories last week. (The site is subscriber-only and you SHOULD subscribe.) Seven of the ten -- Colorado's 4th, Connecticut's 4th, Illinois's 10th, New York's 29th, North Carolina's 8th, Ohio's 1st and Washington's 8th -- went from "Lean Republican" to "Toss Up". Writes Cook Report's David Wasserman: "Now that Sen. Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee, several GOP incumbents will have to work harder than ever before to survive. While hitching their stars to GOP nominee Sen. John McCain will provide them some cover with independents, unprecedented base Democratic turnout looms as a huge threat beyond their control."

The Democrats in this race are directly attacking Marilyn Musgrave's anti-gay record. That is something they are avoiding like the plague with Michele Bachmann.