The "Battle of the Babes," as some political watchers in the state are calling it, will decide more than just who holds South Dakota's at-large House seat. It is a test of whether Republicans, in their bid to recapture the House, can win in the 48 congressional districts, including this one, that are represented by Democrats but whose voters went for John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. It also is a test of whether moderate Democrats, like Herseth Sandlin, who often vote against their party on controversial issues, can survive in an unusually tumultuous year.
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