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  Incumbent Shays fending off Farrell
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News DateWednesday, November 3, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican Rep. Christopher Shays, who insisted on playing the nice guy throughout his race with Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, will win a ninth term, CNN projects.

Shays, 59, who has earned a reputation for doing things his way, played this race the same as he had every other, and for good reason: He had won each election and re-election bid with at least 58 percent of the vote.

Farrell, 49, proved to be different than Shays' usual opponents. She raised a lot of money, bringing in more than $1.2 million through September. She ran ads challenging Shays' unquestioned support of the war in Iraq and hinted that he was no longer the centrist he has claimed to be.

Shays -- know for voting his mind, party be damned -- refused to retaliate and threatened to counter any National Republican Congressional Committee ads that attacked for him.
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