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20 October 2010

Ohio – House of Representatives, First District

Steve Driehaus (D) v Steve Chabot (R)

By Rob Higson

The Democrat freshman congressman Steve Driehaus is currently trailing the Republican Steve Chabot in a tough rematch between the two.

Driehaus was recently stung by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s decision to withdraw campaign funds, and has at times seemed adrift in this one-to-watch swing contest.

Driehaus defeated Chabot, a 14-year incumbent, two years ago and this electoral rerun is being closely watched. The First District includes Cincinnati and, in the past, has tended to be more Republican.

The New York Times called this contest “one of the best case studies in the country”, and the Economist described the district as “a diverse political barometer”.

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The race has become increasingly heated of late: Chabot’s campaign spokesman, for example, accused his counterpart of destroying the Repubican candidate’s yard signs.

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Chabot has campaigned strongly against key planks of the president’s agenda, calling the federal stimulus “the wasteful stimulus plan” and also opposing what he sees as the government takeover of health care.

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