07/09/2010 06:39 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For Democrats, Politics Is Local Again

The Democratic-run Congress passed a health-care overhaul and is close to securing new rules for Wall Street. But in his re-election campaign back in southern New Mexico, Rep. Harry Teague is talking about new sidewalks and widening a freeway.

Across the country, Democrats defending House and Senate seats amid the stiffest anti-incumbent mood in two decades are trying to focus attention away from Washington--and toward local factors that might persuade voters to return their lawmaker to office.

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