The National Association of Realtors is a major player in nearly a dozen tight races in the 2010 elections, backing incumbents in both parties who hold influential committee assignments rather than seeking to upset the status quo. Historically, NAR's campaign spending tends to favor the party in power. Although Democrats are widely expected to lose seats in the House and Senate on election day, NAR's 2010 election spending is weighted in favor of Democrats. While the group continues to support Republican allies through its Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC), it hasn't thrown its weight behind Tea Party candidates. In fact, where RPAC can exert the most weight -- through independent expenditures -- it's supporting incumbents in several races who face challenges from candidates with Tea Party support. "The principle guiding RPAC expenditures on candidates is that of supporting those candidates who supported us on real estate issues in the past, regardless of pa...
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