The view on the 5th from Washington

The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne weighs in on the 5th District race narrowly won by Niki Tsongas:

Her victory on Tuesday speaks to the continuing unpopularity of President Bush and the war in Iraq. But her less than robust margin over Republican Jim Ogonowski — she won 51 percent to his 45 percent, with minor-party candidates taking the rest — tells Democrats they cannot assume that Bush’s low standing will turn the road to next year’s elections into easy street. Individual candidates can still trump party affiliation, and sleeper issues can catch politicians by surprise.

Ogonowski’s "sleeper issue" was illegal immigration, but that may have been trumped by health insurance for children. See our maps on the 5th results here.