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** FILE ** Disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford, once poised to run as a Republican favorite in the race for South Carolina's vacant U.S. House seat, has hit some speed bumps on the campaign trail. (Associated Press)

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associated press Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Martha McSally is surrounded by campaign signs in her unsuccessful campaign last fall for the U.S. House seat of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. She lost a close race in November to Democrat Ron Barber.

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associated press Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Martha McSally is surrounded by campaign signs in her unsuccessful campaign last fall for the U.S. House seat of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. She lost a close race in November to Democrat Ron Barber.

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Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett was elected to the U.S. House in 1992, when he and fellow Republicans had to “be agreeable and get what you can, because Democrats always win.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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“The Campaign” pits Will Ferrell (left) against Zach Galifianakis as contenders in a bitter campaign to represent their North Carolina town in the U.S. House. The two wanted to work together and came up with the idea for a broad comedy after changing their minds about an earlier concept. (Warner Bros. via Associated Press)

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who also served five terms as Wyoming’s representative in the U.S. House, returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republican leaders at a political strategy luncheon. He is accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming (left), the Republican Policy Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who also served five terms as Wyoming’s representative in the U.S. House, returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republican leaders at a political strategy luncheon. He is accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming (left), the Republican Policy Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

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Joseph Kennedy III, at a campaign rally for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (third from left) in 2010, may soon be announcing a political run of his own to replace Rep. Barney Frank, who is retiring from the U.S. House. Mr. Kennedy said he will begin "to reach out to the people of [Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District] in order to hear directly from them about the challenges they are facing." (Associated Press)

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While speaker of the U.S. House, Newt Gingrich's House colleagues overwhelmingly voted to reprimand him for bringing discredit on the chamber. "The way I was dealt with related more to the politics of the Democratic Party than the ethics," he said of the 1997 vote. The findings were brought back into the limelight last month when he surged to the top among Republican presidential hopefuls. (Associated Press)

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CIA Director David H. Petraeus (right) and James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testify during a joint hearing of the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. The intelligence chiefs briefed lawmakers on the state of intelligence reform 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Craig Huey, the tea-party-backed Republican candidate in a special election for a U.S. House seat, talks with staff at Creative Direct Marketing Group in Torrance, Calif., in May 2011. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Steve McCrank)

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Democrat Ed Case, a former two-term member of the U.S. House, has his eyes on retiring Sen. Daniel K. Akaka's seat in 2012. (Associated Press)

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PROVIDED BY HURT FOR U.S. CONGRESS Reports on the Internet suggest that Republican Robert Hurt is far ahead of his opponent, incumbent Rep. Tom Perriello, a Democrat, in the effort to cover the 5th Congressional District of Virginia with their signs as the U.S. House campaign comes to a close after next week.

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John Carney, a Democratic candidate for Delaware's single U.S. House seat, talks with Lou Best at a senior center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)