GOP Sees Smoother Ride on Palin's Coattails

VP candidate has some in Congress worrying less about ugly November
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 3:42 PM CDT
John McCain and Cindy McCain hit "The View" today in New York.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Congressional Republicans nervous about their own election chances are encouraged by the thought of a Sarah Palin-fueled boost to the GOP’s overall image, Real Clear Politics reports. Polls conducted since she was picked as John McCain’s running mate show a generic Republican congressional candidate trailing a generic Democrat by only 3.6%, narrowing a lead that has held at 12% or more since July.

Republicans say Palin’s unique character has proved engaging to voters who normally vote Democratic. "If you're the Republicans, you need to make the public take a second look at you this cycle," said Tom Cole, chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "The presidential campaign being as close and competitive has really helped us.”