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When Incumbency is a Sure Thing24:50

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In the midterm elections, Republicans and Democrats won't be gearing up for a fight.

Only 11 out of 425 House districts have been rated as "toss up" contests where either candidate could win. Ten years ago there were four times as many.

The 2002 elections: why Republicans and Democrats are playing it safe. What does it mean for democracy when running for office becomes a sure thing?


John Harwood, reporter for The Wall Street Journal

This program aired on June 20, 2002.

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