Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here . Today's featured district is:
FL-08: Rep. Alan Grayson is in danger of losing his seat.
Primary: August 24, 2010
Location: The middle of the state/a piece of Orlando
Days until the election: 21
This race is nothing if not interesting. First off, you have outspoken and controversial incumbent, Rep. Alan Grayson who has served one term in the House of Representatives, and earned far more than his share of bombastic headlines, famously referring to a woman lobbyist as a "K-Street Whore," and summarizing the Republican position on health care as "If you get sick, die quickly," much to the dismay of his party.
His rhetoric on the campaign trail against his GOP opponent, Dan Webster, has caused just as much wincing and hand wringing from his own party – as Grayson has referred to Webster as "Taliban Dan," and has ads up distorting Webster's words to sound as if he was advocating a more submissive role for women.
The National Republican Campaign Committee has happily taken advantage of Grayson's political humdingers, calling him a "national embarrasment" in their advertising in the district.
The overall dynamic would be hard enough for Grayson, whose district doesn't reflect his liberal voting record, nor his outpsoken liberal views (he is attending rallies held by the anti-war protesting group, Code Pink). But adding the poisonous atmosphere for Democrats and the economic woes of the country, Grayson is staring at a very uphill battle to keep his seat. Both prominent political handicappers Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook now predict that the seat will fall into Dan Webster's hands.