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Robert J. Bentley
Bartlett campaign shows signs of life

Despite months of speculation that he would retire, Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett is instead gearing up for a tough re-election campaign that will be among the most closely watched in the nation. Bartlett, the 85-year-old incumbent who is seeking an 11th term in Congress, has stepped up fundraising, hired a political consultant who previously worked for conservative Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign and has cleared the field of two potential challengers, including a former top aide. His standing, though still precarious, is more solid than it was just a few months ago, when state Democrats redrew the 6th District to include a wide swath of Democrat-rich Montgomery County. ...