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Aug 02, 2005

Democrat Upsets GOP Establishment; Comes Within Striking Distance For Seat In ‘Solidly Republican’ D

DCCC Press

Aug 2, 2005

Democrat Upsets GOP Establishment; Comes Within Striking Distance For Seat In ‘Solidly Republican’ District

“Democrats nominated Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett. But the August 2nd general election in this heavily Republican district was expected to be a mere formality.”

-- The Almanac of American Politics, 2006.

Important Facts about the District.

  • "The most Republican major metropolitan area in the nation over the longest time span has been Cincinnati" --The Almanac of American Politics, 2006.
  • President Bush beat Senator Kerry here, 64% to 36%. --The Almanac of American Politics, 2006.
  • In the 1998-2004 elections, former Congressman Rob Portman received over 70% of the vote. --The Almanac of American Politics, 2006.
  • Out of the 18 districts Ohio districts, OH-02 is one of the three most Republican districts in Ohio, where Bush won overwhelmingly. -- The Almanac of American Politics, 2006.
  • In the 2005 primaries, 45,000 Republicans voted compared to just 13,800 Democrats. -- CNN Morning Grind, August 2, 2005.
  • Yet … the NRCC spent over half a million dollars to hold this rock-solid Republican -- FEC Reports.

In nearly the biggest political upset in recent history, Democrat Paul Hackett came within just a few thousand votes of defeating Republican Jean Schmidt in Ohio’s Second Congressional District. This is considered by many to be an early sign of wide spread discontent with the Republican Congress around the country. Just this week, the Almanac of American Politics said that today’s election “in this heavily Republican district was expected to be a mere formality.”

“This election is a shockwave of voter discontent that will be felt all across the country. Tonight we have seen rock solid Republicans say that they have had enough of a Congress that is in the grips of the special interests, roiled by ethics investigations and doing nothing to help solve the pressing challenges facing the middle class,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel. “Every Republican in Congress should consider himself put on notice.”