Why bother? Many are simply tired of the widely accepted notion that incumbents never lose.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the GOP challenger to Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District, calls it “the obscenity of incumbency.”
"If they can’t lose, what do they care about your interests?" said Boteach, a TV personality who wrote the book "Kosher Sex" and served as pop star Michael Jackson’s spiritual adviser.
In every cycle since 1964, at least 85 percent of incumbents have won re-election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
"These guys need to be held accountable. And what better way than to mount a very serious challenge and fight like hell?" Boteach said.
The rabbi doesn’t see himself as a David to Pascrell’s Goliath. In fact, Boteach says his victory is a “mathematical certainty,” even though his opponent has raised significantly more money and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2-to-1 in the district.