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October 28, 2010

It's Happening. It's Really, Really Happening: The Hill Reports Ruth McClung, Girl Wonder, Is Probably Going To Beat Decrepit Tarantula-Face Progressive

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Four-term Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) is locked in the fight of his political life against a 28-year-old rocket scientist.

Raytheon physicist Ruth McClung does not have the most sophisticated campaign operation this election cycle — it’s being managed by her mother, Gini Crawford — but the Republican nonetheless finds herself running neck and neck with an established Democrat.

McClung’s sudden rise has taken many — including Grijalva — by surprise. She entered the GOP primary race in May 2009, defeated four challengers in August and now finds herself on the verge of a stunning election upset, according to a number of polls.

The Cook Political Report moved the race between McClung and Grijalva to “toss-up” in early October despite the registration edge for Democrats in the district.

In recent weeks, McClung’s campaign has benefited from an influx in outside cash and donor dollars spurred by endorsements from conservative heavyweights Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and Tammy Bruce.


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