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Walberg to Seek Comeback in Michigan

Add former Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg’s name to the list of House Republicans defeated in 2008 who are seeking their former seats in 2010. Walberg, who lost re-election to now-Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), announced Tuesday morning that he will run for his old seat next year.“I cannot sit idly while Congressman Schauer votes to raise taxes, spend trillions we don’t have and bring the failed Granholm strategies he advanced in Michigan to Washington D.C.,— Walberg said in a statement, referring to unpopular Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D). With the backing of the cash-flush Club for Growth, Walberg came to Congress in 2006 after he defeated moderate Rep. Joe Schwarz in the GOP primary. Schauer narrowly defeated Walberg with 49 percent of the vote in 2008. The Michigan Republican is the third former GOP Member who lost last cycle to announce he is running in 2010. Former Reps. Steve Chabot (Ohio) and Steve Pearce (N.M.) have announced bids for their former seats, plus Rep. Virgil Goode (Va.) is also mulling running to reclaim his 5th district seat.Last cycle, a handful of Republicans who were defeated in 2006 ran again but found little success in reclaiming their seats. Among them were former Reps. Melissa Hart (Pa.), Ann Northup (Ky.) and Jim Ryun (Kan.).