COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., may have shouted his way into the toughest election fight of his life.
Just ask former Sen. George Allen of Virginia, a GOP conservative darling who suffered a surprise defeat in 2006 after calling an Indian-American campaign worker "macaca" _ an ethnic slur in some countries. Or Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, a Democrat who was tossed out the same year after striking a police officer who tried to make her show identification before entering the Capitol complex.
Voters often frown on rude conduct, and Democrats would like nothing more to have Wilson's scalp in 2010 _ not just to win another seat, but to hold up the victory as evidence that even the conservative South rejects the town-hall style vitriol that President Barack Obama is facing.
Of course, a decisive Wilson victory could also show the opposite: that voters in his South Carolina district are angry over Obama's policies and support Wilson's message, if not his style.
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