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Ethics Probe Spurs Fresh Look at Spencer Bachus Race

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In a statement to Roll Call, Bachus said his campaign was going well and that he was heartened by his supporters. “Sometimes, political races may seem scripted and impersonal, but for me it’s all about reaching out to contact my friends and people who know my record,” he said. “There are ads on TV, but there are also ads in the small town newspapers, bumper stickers, yard signs and door-to-door volunteers. Some people think that’s old fashioned, but I believe that direct contact is what the voters in my district expect, and it is what I enjoy.”

In an earlier statement on the OCE investigation from his Congressional office, Bachus denied any wrongdoing and said he looked forward to “the full exoneration this process will provide.”

However the ethics investigation plays out, Republicans are now taking a much closer look at this race.

“Conventional wisdom is: Spencer’s going to sail right on to re-election,” said an Alabama Republican activist from the Birmingham area. “But I don’t know if you can count on conventional wisdom this year.”

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