Elephant in the Room

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 27, 2010

The House side is a similar story. Already, two of the 16 Republican incumbents have announced that they will not be running for re-election, including Evangelidis; at least five more are reportedly considering a stab at another office.

Hedlund and Evangelidis believe that strong candidates are ready to keep those seats in the red column — if they're willing to work for it. "If any Republicans out there are thinking that, because of what happened [with Brown], they can just put their name on a ballot and get elected," says Evangelidis, "they're delusional."

That's exactly what some in the party are afraid of.

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