06/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Reelection Strategy: Pork Barrel Spending

Faced with one of the worst national political environments in modern political history, Republican incumbents are turning to a tried-and-true approach to win reelection: pork.

In recent ads for Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), the incumbents highlight their ability to work across party lines to deliver dollars for their respective states.

Call it the clout factor.

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