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Lee Byberg gears up to take his second shot at Peterson

WASHINGTON — Republicans in and out of the 7th District insist the district’s demographics make defeating Peterson possible.

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“Republicans are hoping that a credible candidate is all they need to put this seat in their column,” said David Wasserman, the House editor at the Cook Political Report. “Rematch campaigns are not typically successful unless there has been a [favorable] underlying shift in the political climate. [Byberg’s] not going to get that.”

Republicans have a 5-point edge in the district, but the Cook Political Report declares the district a likely Democratic hold come November. Roll Call says the same — and noted last month that Republicans saw Hoffman as the best equipped to take him on:

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National Republicans say the difference this year is in their recruiting. They are touting state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, calling her “the best challenger we’ve had to date.”

 But Peterson is prepared, and it is hard to see how he could fare worse than he did in a dreadful Democratic year such as 2010.

But Byberg is unfazed. Strom insists he has the organization, the experience and the means to pull an upset come Nov. 6.

He offered up a bold prediction: “We’re going to take it. Lee Byberg will be the next congressman from the 7th District.”