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Today's featured district is: Texas 17th District
Primary: March 2nd
Where: East Texas
Days until election: 5
Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas) knows a bit about close calls when it comes to elections. He edged out Republican opponent Rob Curnock by 53 % to 45% in 2008, but 2010 might be an even tougher fight.
Waco, Texas (CNN) - The volunteers file into the steamy campaign headquarters wearing bright red Chet Edwards T-shirts. A group of old men pull their "Vets for Chet" hats down tight, waiting for the congressman to fire up the troops.
"I think they might have predicted our demise a little too soon," an energetic Chet Edwards tells the crowd to a round of cheers.
A young volunteer turns to a friend and says he's eager to help the long-term Democratic congressman because, "he needs all the help he can get."
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(CNN) – Two years is a long time in politics.
The man who was on then-candidate Barack Obama's shortlist for a running mate in 2008 is now touting his staunch opposition to the president.
Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards – the longtime congressman who faces an uphill battle for reelection in his conservative-leaning Texas district - launched a new ad Friday that declares, "When President Obama and Nancy Pelosi pressured Chet Edwards, Chet stood up to them and voted no."
The ad – among the toughest this election cycle from a Democrat who is distancing himself from the president – specifically touts Edwards' no votes on health care reform and cap and trade, as well as several other votes the Democratic leadership has opposed.