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Bachmann, DesJarlais and Grayson win — West in danger


Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) (JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)

We were concerned when a leading Tennessee conservative said DesJarlais had reached “a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable” and then when DesJarlais “largely withdrew from public sight a month ago.”

But the voters came through! DesJarlais trounced his Democratic challenger 56-44, a local paper reported Wednesday.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), after a bit of a scare, squeaked through in a really close race. Good thing she raised that $13 million.

However, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who says things like 80 House Democrats are “members of the communist party” — was down 2,500 votes — less than 1 percent. His opponent has claimed victory and media outlets agree, but West hasn’t conceded and is talking about a recount. (And it is Florida, after all, so anything can happen.)

Finally a hearty Loop welcome back to the entertaining — or way over the top, depending on your point of view — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). Grayson, an ultra liberal — one of his bumper stickers said “Bush lied, people died” — trounced his opponent by a whopping 25 percent to reclaim a House seat.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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