NC-11 Just Got More Competitive

At least, according to the National Journal's 2006 House Race Rankings. The mountain bout moved up the list from the 25th spot to number 16 (I feel like Casey Kasem).

Taylor's opposition to federal funding for the Flight 93 memorial could prove damaging. He's facing a formidable challenger in former Skins quarterback Heath Shuler, who met with D.C. pundits this week and, to his credit, used fewer sports clichés than George Allen.