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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions, and the latest edition was with Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. She’s a walking encyclopedia of facts about Congressional races and knows a lot about sports, too.

 

Follow her: @l_whittington

Since it was on Twitter, of course, her answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.

 

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Welcome to 10th Twitter Q&A w/ Politics Editor Lauren Whittington @. She's been here 12 yrs in June, politics is her fave thing

 

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Thanks for all your questions, let's get started!

 

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Q1! MT @: How many seats will Tea Party "purity tests" hand Democrats?? Only Utah is immune

 

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.@ In lot of states it's too early w/ primaries still forming - Maine & Indiana possible/but now Dems have no cand. @

 

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Q2! RT @: @ Softball,.... will there be a government shutdown?

 

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.@ If placing bets today, I'd put say chances 50/50 but there's week to go. As it gets more real, pressure increases. @

 

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Q3! MT @: @ with all the proposed cuts, is anyone asking for any increases in domestic spending?

 

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.@ Lawmakers always want more $ for own pet projects but looks unlikely any major new spending would pass @

 

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Q4! RT @: Ask @ Q+A: How much will McCaskill's plane probs hurt her re-elect?

 

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.@ A lot. It's what she's going to have to talk about 4 long while. Better it came out now, not March '12 @

 

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Q5! RT @: @ - for Politics Q&A - what 2012 House race would you most want to cover on-the-ground and why?

 

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.@ Too early to say b/c redistricting, any Member v. Member races (see Iowa) but Allen West likely to be top race. @

 

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.@ Still one of my fave races was '02 Holden v. Gekas in Pennsylvania. Really showed generational gap. @

 

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Q6! RT @: @ You think the Tea Party will have as much pull in the 2012 election cycle as 2010?

 

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.@ Yes, in some places. Influence somewhat overstated. Interesting to see how it evolves now as TP more established @

 

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.@ What will really be interesting is how they influence presidential primary. @

 

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Q7! RT @: @ What is the chance Paul Ryan will run for president?

 

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.@ To dismay of @, not happening in '12. Certainly in the mix down the road & more likely Senate 1st @

 

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Q8! RT @ Why does Roll Call run so many photos of Kristi Noem?

 

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.@ We should have more of @ Rep. Billy Long (ed. note ) @

 

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Q9! RT @: @ @ Is there anybody who can effectively challenge Obama in 2012?

 

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.@ Yes. State of economy will have a lot to do w/ his re-election prospects. Still time for dark horse to emerge @

 

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Q10! RT @: @ @ Will Virginia continue its purple streak and create a close senate election this cycle?

 

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.@ Yes. It's one of our Tossups. But if Kaine doesn't run, Perriello/Allen matchup could be fascinating. @

 

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Thanks @ for sitting down with us today. We had fun. Next Thurs, @ will be on tap.

 

Follow @rollcall on Twitter and follow our staff list for the full complement of reporters and editors.

Read our previous Twitter Q&A transcripts with Steven T. Dennis here, Jennifer Bendery here, Steve Peoples here, John Stanton here, Stu Rothenberg here, Paul Singer here, the talented photo department (Tom Williams, Bill Clark, Doug Graham and Andrew Satter) here, Ambreen Ali here and Kate Ackley here.

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