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January 2, 2011 2:12 PM

Can Blue Dog Democrats survive the 112th Congress?

As the 112th Congress dawns this week, North Carolina's trio of conservative Democrats find themselves not only a minority within the U.S. House of Representatives, but within their own party as well. U.S. Reps. Heath Shuler, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre represent a breed of Democrat that got hurt badly in the November election. Conservative Southerners fell in droves, with the Blue Dog Caucus losing half its members. In separate interviews, all three said there is a feeling that if the Democrats don't recruit more candidates like themselves, the future looks grim.

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