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By on 9.19.06 | 12:43PM

Philip got most of the big points from Pence today; let me add a few more from my notes. First, I found it quite interesting that he said that "the path to the majority [in the House] goes through Indiana." I think he's right, and he was not just exhibiting Hoosier bias. While most of the media focus is on the endangered GOP moderates in the Northeast, the fact is that it's hard to see a scenario where the GOP loses the House if it holds its endangered seats in the heartland; Indiana and Iowa are key here. Pence noted that Indiana Reps. Chocola, Sodrel and Hostettler are all supposedly under the gun, but he offered hope for all of them. Chocola (one of my favorite House conservatives, by the way) has, Pence said, run a "flawless campaign." Sodrel will win, Pence said, because his opponent Baron Hill is wrong on abortion and on homosexual "marriage" in a district that is "pro-family and pro-life." And Hostettler, likened by Pence to a sturdy piece of limestone (or something like that), has "the most effective grassroots apparatus" anywhere in the country.

If Pence can help all three of his Hoosier colleagues survive, Republicans will indeed be in decent shape -- and conservatives, it should be noted, will have saved three of their stalwarts.

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