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Yarmuth Agonized Over Decision to Run for Office

Published: Nov. 8, 2006 at 12:03 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2006 at 12:17 AM EST
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(LOUISVILLE) -- John Yarmuth agonized over the decision to run for Congress. Friends of Yarmuth said he wavered on whether to enter the Democratic primary. Yarmuth succeeded where other Democrats failed by unseating Northup yesterday. The five-term Republican incumbent had outspent Yarmuth nearly two-to-one.

Yarmuth attacked Northup's "loyalty to the Bush agenda" throughout the campaign. President Bush is not popular in the Third District, which went to John Kerry in the two-thousand-four presidential election. Yarmuth's campaign got a boost in late October when he shared the stage with former President Clinton at a fundraiser.

Yarmuth had twice run for local offices in Louisville as a Republican but lost both races. Yarmuth switched his party designation to Democrat in 1985. His campaign biography reads that he realized the Republican Party no longer welcomed diverse opinions.

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