It's been eight years, but many Democrats still bristle at the thought of Ralph Nader's 2000 run for the presidency. And they're not especially forgiving toward anyone who helped him, either.
At least, that seems to be driving six-term Iowa congressman Leonard Boswell's re-election bid against a more liberal primary challenger.
Much of the Democrat's well-funded campaign has focused on challenger Ed Fallon's support for Nader, who received a sliver of the national vote eight years ago but is blamed by many in the party for siphoning off just enough from Al Gore to hand the victory to George W. Bush.
"A lot of the things we're dealing with now - whether it's the war or the economy - quite possibly wouldn't have happened" had Gore won that election, Boswell said.
Fallon concedes his endorsement "was probably my worst political decision" but said he's repeatedly apologized for backing Nader. And he notes that Gore narrowly won Iowa.
Boswell's re-election bid had the most attention among races on the Iowa ballot on Tuesday in the 3rd District, which includes the Des Moines area. Fallon was defeated by Chet Culver in a Democrat primary for governor.