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The Year In Upsets

Scott Brown greets supporters after speaking at his victory celebration in Massachusetts's Senate race in January.(Robert Spencer/Getty Images)

December 22, 2010

The upsets weren't limited to Senate races. In the House, perhaps no win was more surprising that Republican Rep.-elect Blake Farenthold's win over Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) in Texas. Ortiz was barely on the radar screen of vulnerable Democrats and Farenthold, a radio talk show host, provided plenty of fodder for opposition researchers. Most notably
were pictures of Farenthold wearing pajamas with a scantily clad woman on the cover of a little-read magazine.

And not to be forgotten is Illinois Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (R), who beat Rep. Melissa Bean (D) this year. Bean was also far down the list of vulnerable Democrats and Walsh's campaign had plenty of missteps. Most notably, none of his staff seemed to like working for him. Most of his campaign team walked out on him early in the race and his campaign manager sued him for $20,000.

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