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November 08, 2006

Pryce holds OH-15 despite ATLA campaign

By Ted Frank

ATLA funded an expensive television advertising campaign attacking Deborah Pryce, but she was one of the few Ohio Republicans to withstand the Democratic tidal wave in that state. Out of the five races that ATLA tried to directly influence through tv ads, they won three, with a fourth, NM-1, too close to call, though Patricia Madrid (OL Sep. 13) has a slim lead over incumbent Heather Wilson.

As others have noted, several top Republican appropriations committee representatives (including two targeted by ATLA) lost their districts, putting the lie to the idea that pork protects Republican incumbents. If this loss returns Republicans to their 1994 roots, it may be a good thing in the long run.

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