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OH-15? Never heard of it.

Yesterday, Politico had an article asking former NRCC Chairmen Tom Reynolds and Tom Cole, former NRCC communications director Carl Forti, former DCCC Chairman Martin Frost and former DCCC executive director Brian Wolff, GOP Rep. and NRCC recruitment czar Kevin McCarthy, former DCCC Chairman Vic Fazio, and former DCCC executive director Karin Johanson to “offer their takes on the midterm landscape”.

All were asked: Which congressional district are you going to be watching most closely, as a bellwether for the 2010 campaign?

While the answers were interesting, it’s what wasn’t said that particularly interested me.

While all Republicans, sans Forti, mentioned Stivers’ race in OH-15 as their “bellwether”, none of the Democrats even made a mention of it.

Now, remember these folks know their answers will be read by thousands. They want to highlight the races they can win, not ones they fear losing.

With nary a Democrat mentioning Mary Jo Kilroy or OH-15, it’s safe to say the DCCC may already be running for the hills and focusing their finite resources on races they can actually win.

I can’t say I blame ’em.

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