WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mary Rose Oaker, a liberal Democrat who has grown increasingly sympathetic to bankers' appeals for deregulation, is fighting for her political life today in Ohio, one of eight states holding primary elections that could affect banking legislation.

Rep. Oaker, the sixth-ranking Democrat on the House Banking Committee, was identified as one of the worst abusers in the House Bank scandal. The 213 overdrafts she was said to have written, plus a series of critical articles in the local press, have done her serious damage.

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