The Race for the Second Congressional District

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

Republicans and Democrats are all out trying to gain support before the big day. Last week, Democratic Candidate, Mike Weaver held a public discussion with former US Senator Max Cleland about the war in Iraq. Now Laura Bush is lending her support to help re-elect Republican Congressman Ron Lewis.

The First Lady spoke for about 30-minutes and she was joined by several other candidates for local races. Mrs. Bush, thanked Lewis for his support of the President's tax cuts and his support of the military. Lewis's opponent, Mike Weaver held a similar event last week, with Max Cleland.

With the race for the Second Congressional District gaining national attention, both parties are hosting high level party members to gain votes before next Tuesday.

In 1994 Lewis won the critical Second Congressional seat, helping to push the Republican party into the majority in Washington. This year Democrats view the house seat as a pivitol spot to gain if they hope to take back the majority on Capitol Hill.

The race between Lewis and Weaver is a heated one because it is widely believed this is the first real competition for the incumbent Congressman.

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