POLITICS: Campaigns

VIDEO: Primary challengers face long odds

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Steve Doty,2014 Elections,Campaigns

Primary challengers since the end of World War II have historically failed at defeating incumbent lawmakers. Just two percent of House incumbents and five percent of Senate incumbents have lost in a primary battle.

This year several congressional lawmakers face a primary opponent, but Kyle Kondik, who follows elections closely for the University of Virginia's Center for Politics points out, many incumbents should be safe this year.

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Steve Doty

Senior Video Journalist/WEXTv Coordinator
The Washington Examiner