House candidates embrace role as sacrificial lambs

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 28 at 1:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of congressional candidates across the country are gearing up to run against incumbents in races they have little chance of winning.

They're more than underdogs — they're sacrificial lambs.

Among them are a Democratic hot dog vendor from Texas, and a piano tuner from the Bronx who's trying to unseat a Democratic congressman who's taken 90-plus percent of the vote for years.

The Center for Responsive Politics says that more than eight in 10 incumbents have been re-elected every cycle since 1964.

But both parties want a candidate on the ballot whenever possible.

An unforeseen circumstance — a scandal or an indictment, for example — could turn that sacrificial lamb into a surprise winner.

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