Election 2002: The Blue Dog Hangs Tough

PENNSYLVANIA

A poster of Bill Clinton hangs in the entry of the state Democratic Party's offices in Harrisburg. But don't look for Clinton's smiling face at Tim Holden's headquarters around the corner. Holden rarely misses a chance to tell voters he's a Blue Dog Democrat--among the most conservative in Congress. Party luminaries like liberal minority leader Richard Gephardt haven't been asked to campaign with Holden--though his race is critical for the Democrats. And Holden would wear a garlic necklace to keep Clinton away.

Which helps explain why he's running neck and neck with Republican George Gekas in one of only four incumbent-vs.-incumbent...

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