Every election has its cast of characters. Videojournalist Ben de la Cruz and producers Suzette McLoone and Jason Thompson spent several months profiling these political insiders. There are the safe party leaders, often unopposed, like Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), and there are the longshot challengers, such as Democratic congressional candidate Ben "Cooter" Jones of Virginia. There are professional consultants, such as Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, and political amateurs, such as Maryland GOP volunteer activist Scott Graham.  
   
   
 
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