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October 12, 2013

Vulnerable House Republicans brace for hard races after shutdown



"I think I've separated myself by virtue of saying that I think we ought to have a clean continuing resolution and end the shutdown, so people know where I stand," Coffman said in an interview. "I've certainly told them that I think we ought to end the shutdown, and that I thought that using" a government funding measure "to try to accomplish other things was a very bad move."

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, whose Illinois district voted for his party's presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012 by a narrow margin — 48.9 percent to Obama's 48.6 percent — said he also has been feeling political heat, and has repeatedly told House leaders he stands to lose from it.

"I've got now hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent" by groups using the shutdown to attack him in ads, he said in an interview. "So, if you ever want to know what message the Democrats are wanting to test, come to my district. I'm like the guinea pig."

"I obviously have said the entire time we've been in this: the shutdown is not good for me," Davis said. "The shutdown's not good for America."

Americans United for Change, a group that targeted 10 vulnerable Republicans this week for negative commercials, calls it "Rodney Davis' Tea Party shutdown" in its ad in his district.

The first-termer also is spotlighted in a television commercial by a Democratic super-political action committee faulting him for the shutdown, featuring his picture juxtaposed with that of a crying baby wearing nothing but a diaper.

"Rodney Davis and Tea Party Republicans recklessly shut down the government, threatening our economy, throwing a tantrum just to score political points," a narrator says in the 30- second House Majority PAC spot.

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