The 45th Congressional District race is among closely watched contests that could affect Obama's policies.
About three months after entertainer-turned-congressman Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in January 1998, his widow Mary resoundingly won a crowded special election to succeed him in the Riverside County district. Now remarried to another congressman, Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack is facing an aggressive reelection challenge from Palm Springs' Democratic mayor, Steve Pougnet.
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