This from The New York Times:
With all of the precincts reporting, Jean Schmidt, the Republican, had nearly 52 percent of the vote, edging out her challenger, Paul L. Hackett, a major in the Marine Forces Reserve, by about 4,000 votes.
But Mr. Hackett's showing was unexpectedly strong in this district, a Republican bastion that snakes along the Ohio River from affluent Cincinnati suburbs to struggling Appalachian hamlets. President Bush won the district with 64 percent of the vote last year, and Republicans have held its Congressional seat for two decades.
GOI: Hey Republicans! See that massive fireball gaining on you in your review mirror? Well, it's the democratic party about to scorch your candidates in '06. This election should have been a "slam dunk" for the Republican candidate and yet she was just barely elected.This election in Ohio shows that all Republican seats are vulnerable. Even in the reddest of red districts.
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