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Mahoney off the endangered list?

Rep. Tim Mahoney, the Florida Democrat with a Republican target on his back, is touting a Washington Post.com blog item that takes Mahoney off a list of top 10 House seats most likely to switch parties in the 2008 election.

No word on why (or whether Mahoney is now ranked 11th). But Mahoney's campaign suggests it's because the Palm Beach Gardens Democrat has "strengthened his position through his hard work on behalf of his constituents." Mahoney and fellow Dem freshman, Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, scored a significant win last month with House passage of a windstorm insurance bill.

No Florida seats make the cut, though the Post notes that Rep. Bill Young, R-St. Petersburg, could face a harder fight than he's accustomed to and "might decide retirement is the more attractive option."

The item notes that "retirements continue to plague House Republicans chances at gaining seats."

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