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Bono Mack Draws Dem Challenger in California

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Mary Bono Mack

Months after her district favored President Obama for president, Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack appears to have drawn an experienced Democratic challenger for her 2010 re-election bid: Democrat Steve Pougnet , mayor of Palm Springs.

Pougnet recently filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and established a campaign committee to run against the six-term incumbent.  

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Steve Pougnet

Bono Mack’s southern California 45th District, which encompasses the cities of Palm Springs and Moreno Valley, has past exhibited a Republican lean, supporting Bono Mack for re-election and President Bush with 56 percent of the vote in 2004. But in 2008, while Bono Mack won re-election over Democratic educator Julie Bornstein with 58 percent, district voters favored Barack Obama 52 percent to 47 percent, according to a CQ vote analysis. Bono Mack is one of 34 “Obama Republicans” who won re-election in 2008 in districts carried by Obama.

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