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Putting Brown on ballot attempt to split Democratic vote, political scientists say

Putting Brown on ballot attempt to split Democratic vote, political scientists say

The push by Scott Taylor’s campaign staffers to put an independent candidate on the ballot in the upcoming 2nd Congressional District election isn’t a new tactic in politics, and whether it proves politically fatal to the incumbent has yet to be seen.

Four Scott Taylor campaign staffers worked to collect signatures needed to put independent candidate Shaun Brown on the November ballot. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and freshman Republican who represents the 2nd Congressional District, also faces Democrat Elaine Luria, a Norfolk business owner and Navy veteran, in November.

Now, some political scientists say Taylor staffers are trying to give a leg up to Brown in an attempt to...

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