A savvy team made up of four current and former members of Congress beat
two squads of journalists and commentators Thursday night to win
"Political Pursuit," a live annual game hosted by National Journal's
The cocktail party and contest was held at the Newseum in Washington, part of a week of festivities leading up to Saturday's annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Dubbed "Members Only," the winning team was comprised of Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), along with former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) of Deloitte & Touche, and former Rep. Martin Frost
(D-Texas) of Polsinelli Shughart.
Hotline editors Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar
moderated the hour-long contest.
With 240 total points, the "Members Only" team topped a "Press Pass" team, made up of CNN's Dana Bash and Mark Preston with NBC's Chuck Todd and ABC's Amy Walter, as well as a "Hotline Insiders" team, comprised of CNN's Paul Begala, Rob Autry of Public Opinion Strategies, Kiki McLean of Porter Novelli, and Steve Lombardo of Lombardo Consulting Group.
The questions were the kind that only true political wonks could love; luckily, there were plenty of those in the audience.
If you'd like to try your hand, here are a few of the questions, with answers below.
1. In which five states did Republican Senate nominees carry every county during the 2010 election cycle?
2. Which six serving senators have never been elected to full terms?
3. Which two states did President Obama win in 2008, marking the first time a Democratic presidential candidate had won them since 1964?
(Answers-- 1: Oklahoma, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Idaho. 2: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Kristin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). 3: Indiana and Virginia.)