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Democrats Fear Backlash at Polls for Antiwar Remarks

Strong antiwar comments in recent days by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean have opened anew a party rift over Iraq, with some lawmakers warning that the leaders' rhetorical blasts could harm efforts to win control of Congress next year.

By Jim VandeHei and Shalaigh Murray

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