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2011's Top Comeback Kids

Pete Hoekstra ($1 million) The biggest question for the former GOP representative after he entered Michigan's Senate race was whether he could raise money. After dialing down expectations, Hoekstra posted an unexpectedly strong figure for the quarter, putting to rest (for now, at least) the chatter about his inability to bring in the dough he needs to compete.(ADAM BIRD/AP)

December 29, 2011
2) Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle: For two terms. Lingle served as governor of Hawaii. She was term-limited out of office in 2010 and almost immediately, speculation over whether she would run for the Senate surfaced. After taking several months to mull it over, she made many national Republican strategists smile when she announced in October that she would run. She gives Republicans a pickup opportunity in a very blue state where President Obama is popular. She is also a fundraising machine, reportedly bringing in $400,000 during the first week of her campaign. 1) The Virginia Senate Candidates: In no other race will you find two non-incumbent candidates who are more well-known in their home state. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and former GOP Sen. George Allen have been in statistical dead heats in every single reputable live-caller poll this year. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.
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