Andy Harris wants a rematch
State Sen. Andy Harris, just months off a shocking defeat at the hands of Democrat Frank Kratovil in Maryland's 1st Congressional District, is telling Roll Call (subscription required) that he wants a rematch. He tells the Washington indsider publication that he's planning to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee within the next couple of weeks to make clear that he is still insterested in the seat. “We were within a percent in what was a terrible year for the Republicans, and I’m hoping 2010 will be a better year,” Harris told Roll Call. He said he's been raising money in his federal account and will continue to do so.
It's usually hard to knock off a Congressional incumbent, but when it happens, it's often after the representative's first term and often after a close election like this one. The 1st District is way beyond marginal for Democrats -- it was specifically designed to be a Republican seat. So it's certainly conceivable that we'll have anouther tough election there next year. The question may be whether Harris gets a free shot in the GOP primary -- I could see other Republicans, particularly Sen. E.J. Pipkin, making their own runs and arguing that Harris' defeat this time shows he's the wrong guy for the job.