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Want to Get Elected? Try Selling Guns Online

One of the three Illinois Republicans slugging it out for the G.O.P. nomination for the House seat held by Democrat Lane Evans is using high-caliber weapons to secure his spot on the ballot. MICHAEL CURTISS, M.D., a general practitioner from western Illinois, raised about $50,000 in funds by raffling guns on the Internet. Currently up for grabs is a .50-cal. rifle that Democratic Chicago Representative Rod Blagojevich is trying to ban--the ArmaLite AR-50. Curtiss snidely refers to it as the "Blagojevich Special." At least 1,000 tickets at $20 a pop have been sold. Curtiss insists that the raffles promote awareness about...

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