Jul 28, 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Hundreds of congressional candidates across the country are gearing up to run against incumbents in races they have little chance of winning.
Theyre more than underdogs ? theyre sacrificial lambs.
Among them are a Democratic hot dog vendor from Texas, and a piano tuner from the Bronx whos trying to unseat a Democratic congressman whos taken 90-plus percent of the vote for years.
The Center for Responsive Politics says that more than eight in 10 incumbents have been re-elected every cycle since 1964.
But both parties want a candidate on the ballot whenever possible.
An unforeseen circumstance ? a scandal or an indictment, for example ? could turn that sacrificial lamb into a surprise winner.
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