In an extraordinary election in a Southern Ohio district that has always been highly, highly, highly Republican district, Iraq War vet Paul Hackett came within 4 percentage points in a race against the Republican candidate Schmidt. 4,000 votes out of 114,000 cast – 52% to 48%.
In terms of the district’s voting record, etc. it was Schmidt’s win was supposed to be well into the double digits. To provide a bit of context, this is the same highly conservative area right around Cincinnati where the local prosecutors have followed up on their “People vs. Larry Flynt” fame by ensuring that local hotels face prosecution if their in-room movies feature any porn. A city that allows the Klan to put up crosses (not lit) every year at Christmas.
[quote]OH-2 Past Election Results:
2004: 72% to 28%
2002: 74% to 26%
2000: 74% to 23%
1998: 76% to 24%[/quote]
Throughout the election, Hackett took on a well-oiled political machine that took every opportunity to try to smearboat the man – including spreading false rumors about the man’s combat experience as a Marines major in Iraq. Hit with the truth, “Capt. Minamyer” who was spreading false info about Hackett, had to back down. http://ericminamyer.myblogsite.com/blog/_archives/2005/7/27/1083313.html
My view is that this is a bit like Rocky I – a close loss for a good candidate in a congressional district with a history (as recent as last November) of GOP margins of around 50% for the past 5 elections.