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“Republicans scored two of our top recruitment candidates in Collins and Burns,” said National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Jonathan Collegio.
Most observers see Mr. Collins as the more promising of the two Republican candidates.
“I think Collins is looking better for Republicans than Burns,” said Nathan Gonzales of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
Part of the new 8th District includes areas held by Mr. Collins when he previously served in Congress. The district’s new boundaries were carried by President Bush 61 percent to 39 percent in 2004. Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials already have campaigned on Mr. Collins’ behalf, according to the NRCC.
After serving one previous term, Mr. Burns lost his seat to Mr. Barrow in 2004 by four percentage points. The district has not been redrawn in Mr. Barrow’s favor, but it is still considered to favor Democrats. Mr. Bush lost the district in 2004 with 46 percent of the vote, but carried the new district with 50.4 percent.
“If Republicans are playing too much defense in other areas, they may not have the resources here,” Mr. Gonzales said.
The NRCC disagrees, arguing the redistricting will void any advantage for the Barrow campaign.
“The district had a net eight-point swing. So, that could put Burns ahead right there. And he’ll be running against a candidate who is more liberal,” Mr. Collegio said.
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