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No, he didn’t go to Mizzou or something. I mean that Michael Steele utilized a tactic that another Republican Lieutenant Governor employed here in Missouri.

In 2006, then Maryland Lt. Governor Steele was in a tough race for US Senate, one in which his Democratic opponent would easily prevail. Since it was shaping up to be a big year for Democrats nationally, and Maryland is a Democratic-leaning state, Steele had “Sample Democratic Ballots” printed and distributed in the Baltimore area. The sample ballots featured Steele without mentioning that he was a Republican.

Missouri’s own Peter Kinder learned well, using the same tactic this year in St. Louis as part of a winning effort.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user matthewnstoller via a Creative Commons License. Yes, that Matt Stoller.