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Facing long odds for victory, House candidates embrace their role as sacrificial lambs
NEW YORK (AP) Hundreds of congressional candidates across the country are gearing up to run against incumbents in races they have little chance of winning.
They're more than underdogs they're sacrificial lambs.
Among them are a Democratic hot dog vendor from Texas, and a piano tuner from the Bronx who's trying to unseat a Democratic congressman who's taken 90-plus percent of the vote for years.
The Center for Responsive Politics says that more than eight in 10 incumbents have been re-elected every cycle since 1964.
But both parties want a candidate on the ballot whenever possible.
An unforeseen circumstance a scandal or an indictment, for example could turn that sacrificial lamb into a surprise winner.