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TUESDAY, AUG. 17, 2010, 8:27 A.M.

Minnick Not On GOP TV Target List

Idaho freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick appears to have lucked out -- so far -- avoiding a TV campaign by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Politico reported Tuesday that the NRCC has reserved $22 million in TV time in 40 districts, 39 held by Democrats. Most of the Democrats are freshmen like Minnick, who are considered vulnerable by the NRCC, the campaign arm of the Republican House Caucus. NRCC leaders backed Vaughn Ward in the Idaho GOP primary, but Ward lost to state Rep. Raul Labrador by 9 percentage points. The NRCC has since added GOP nominee Labrador to its "Young Gun" program, but Minnick had a 17-1 cash-on-hand advantage over Labrador as of June 30/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Why do you think Minnick isn't on the TV campaign list of the National Republican Congressional Committee?

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