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DNC no-show list grows, and GOP crows. But are Democrats being smart?

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Here’s the kicker: At least one top Democratic campaign official thinks they're right.

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the party’s House campaign committee, said Tuesday at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Congressman Israel says it has nothing to do with President Obama’s job approval ratings. It’s all about maximizing campaign time at home before the election.

This trend toward skipping the national convention “is something that’s been sort of happening slowly over the years,” says Jennifer Duffy, a longtime campaign-watcher at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. She says she started noticing this trend in 2004, with both parties. Some candidates stay for a day or two, but not the whole convention.

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