Candidates afraid to advertise party affiliation 

According to The Hill, about a third of the candidates in “battleground House races” are making efforts to hide their party affiliation:

Republican nominees were slightly more likely than their Democratic opponents to display their party affiliation on their homepages. Of the 46 races reviewed, 22 Republicans and 19 Democrats made some reference to their party affiliation on the homepage of their campaign website.

For example, Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye of Virginia bills himself as “an independent voice, for a change.” House GOP hopeful Alan Nunnelee’s (Miss.) website says he hopes to be a “true conservative” in Washington.?? The numbers reflect a sharp turnaround from the 2006 midterm campaign, in which Democrats took control of both chambers of Congress.

This is also happening in the senate:

In the most competitive Senate races whose party nominees have been decided, five of nine Democrats and four of nine Republicans showed their party affiliation on either their homepage or bio page.

Bush is undoubtedly still unpopular, so that probably accounts for why some Republicans candidates are running from their party. But I think it’s worth noting that the anti-establishment tide is in many ways a tea party phenomenon that’s obviously of benefit to the GOP. That’s why Alan Nunelee still has no problem identifying himself as a conservative — an ideology most people associate with Republicans, whereas Nye is claiming he’s “independent.”

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