Democrats are showcasing some candidates for Congress tonight as their national convention begins in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In most cases, the candidates are running in Democratic-friendly areas where an association with President Barack Obama or the national party isn’t a political liability.
Tim Kaine is a former Virginia governor who ran the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011 at the request of Obama, who considered Kaine as a vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 election. Kaine is running for a Senate seat against Republican George Allen, a former senator and governor. Polls show a close race in a state that Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney also are challenging.
Tulsi Gabbard, 31, is a former Honolulu city councilwoman who previously served in the Hawaii legislature. She’s favored to win a U.S. House seat in the state where Obama, born in Honolulu, won his highest vote share among the 50 states in the 2008 presidential election.
Joyce Beatty is a former Ohio legislator who’s a shoo-in to win an open House district in and around Columbus that’s strongly Democratic.
Joe Kennedy III is the 31-year-old son of former Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy. He’s favored to win the Massachusetts district of retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.
Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran, was awarded the Purple Heart for combat injuries she suffered during the Iraq War. She ran for the House in 2006, losing to Republican Peter Roskam, and served in the Obama administration as an assistant secretary of veterans affairs. Political handicappers give Duckworth the edge to defeat incumbent Republican Joe Walsh in a suburban Chicago district that was made more Democratic-leaning after redistricting.