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Pete Ricketts’ dramatic political reversal

Ricketts made his first run for office in 2006, and lost by 28 points to Sen. Ben Nelson. It’s one of the biggest losses on record for a Senate candidate who would later join the upper chamber. John Ensign lost by 428 votes in 1998; Harry Reid lost by 700 votes in 1974. Others have come back from slightly larger but still competitive losses. But even when they lose by more lopsided margins, they generally at least hit a number that starts with four.