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Well, they like Jim

Jim Anderson and his wife, Elizabeth, at Two Brothers.

The dining room at Two Brothers BBQ near 37th and Woodlawn smells like brisket and fear.

Not really. Jim Anderson, a republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 4, is cool and friendly at his aromatic party, wearing jeans and an NRA ball cap and easily conversing with his dining room full of supporters.

He hasn’t slept in three nights, but he’s cheerfully circulating the crowd and stealing an occasional glance at election returns on mounted television sets nearby.

Supporters are gnawing on ribs and wearing bright red “Anderson for Congress” T-shirts. One woman has on a button that says “Well, I like Jim,” a pointed response to the “I Like Mike” (Pompeo) campaign buttons.

“I’m feeling good,” Anderson said. “I”ve been nervous. I didn’t sleep last night. But I feel we’ve always had a good chance, and our chances got better when the other two candidates started beating each other up.”

Next stop: One of the other two candidate’s parties at 29th and Rock.