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  Freshman U.S. Rep. Peter Welch has no opponent
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Last EditedCOSDem  May 19, 2008 05:03pm
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MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateSunday, May 18, 2008 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNearly 18 months into his first term, freshman U.S. Rep. Peter Welch is making headlines for taking on the president, he's got $825,000 in the bank and he doesn't have a major party opponent for the November election.
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It's a heady time for the Hartland Democrat, who's credited by some with having an effective first term and criticized by others for not pressing for the impeachment of President Bush. Neither Vermont Republicans nor any other major party has found a candidate to take him on -- at least so far.

"I think both in terms of policy and politics he has had a very good first term. He's in a very strong position as a freshman," said Middlebury College political scientist Eric Davis. "I think the GOP has a real problem finding a candidate."

The GOP still hopes to convince someone to run, but it's not at the top of their priority list.

"There's still some interest in the race and there's still time to find someone by the filing deadline (of July 21) and that will be our goal," said state GOP Chairman Rob Roper.
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