Across South, Blue Dog Democrats in election peril

ATLANTA (AP) - Blue Dog Democrats have found themselves in tough
races across the South, caught between their party's leadership and
angry voters sympathetic to Republicans.

Of the 20 Blue Dog lawmakers in the South, a dozen are
considered to be in competitive elections. Three additional caucus
members are retiring and one is running for the Senate, which
triggered open races for their seats.

Most of the socially and fiscally conservative Blue Dogs are
running as moderates, candidates who span the divide between
Republicans and Democrats.

In North Carolina, Democratic Reps. Heath Shuler and Mike
McIntyre are struggling to shake ads accusing them of following
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda. Democratic Reps. Jim Marshall
and Sanford Bishop are in close races in Georgia, while Alabama's
Bobby Bright is trying to distance himself from Pelosi to win

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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