The Republican candidate for the Ohio 2nd district narrowly defeated the Democratic contender in a special election to fill a vacant Congressional seat. When I say narrow, I mean a 4% margin (52-48%) of victory. What makes this so important? The Republican Congressman who vacated the seat won the last election 70-30%. The seat is in an overwhelmingly Republican strong hold, and has been in GOP hands for the past 40 years.
The Democratic nominee, Paul Hackett, was no right of center person running in a democrats clothing either. Mr. Hackett continually harangued President Bush and his policies throughout the race. Many see this as an early referendum on the GOP controlled government, the war in Iraq, and the plague of ethical problems the White House and Congress have been facing. There will be many GOP strategists sitting up and taking notice of this election.
GOP Wins U.S. House Election in Ohio