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Ron Klein, "Democrat Favored," Tim Mahoney, "No Clear Favorite"

CQPolitics.com sums up the early outlook for the 2008 congressional races and sees few barn burners in Florida.

The only truly competitive race it sees is Rep. Tim Mahoney, the Democrat who replaced disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley. That race is marked "no clear favorite."

"Mahoney must prove that his 2006 win in this Republican-leaning district wasn’t just a fluke resulting from the sex-related scandal that forced longtime GOP Rep. Mark Foley to quit and be replaced as the GOP candidate at nearly the last minute," the article says.

Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, who toppled veteran Republican Rep. Clay Shaw, is listed as "Democrat Favored.
"Klein will hold the advantages of incumbency and can be expected to again raise significant amounts of money: His 2006 campaign spent nearly $4 million," the article notes.

The re-election challenge for Rep. Vern Buchanan, who won by fewer than 400 votes, is ranked as "leans Republican."

Full details, including a trio of Orlando-area races, are here

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