Dems In Overdrive

They're scrambling to regain the House. It won't be easy

A snowstorm was pounding Milwaukee on Apr. 12 as House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt's plane touched down. Undaunted, the Missouri Democrat hopped into Lydia C. Spottswood's Jeep Cherokee and launched into his pitch. During the ride downtown, Gephardt urged Spottswood to run for the House seat she had narrowly lost to Republican Mark W. Neumann five months before. "He emphasized the importance of getting in the race early, and he was very supportive," says Spottswood, president of a Wisconsin health education program. Now, she's leaning toward another bid.

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