Paul Hackett is leading Jean Schmidt in the Special Election for the U.S. Ohio 2nd District.
This is a district where Republicans have received 70% of the vote, and President Bush won overwhelmingly. It looks like the efforts to paint this veteran as weak aren't working as well as they did last fall.
Go Paul go!!!
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UPDATE @ 9:49PM
- Schmidt 52% - Hackett 48% Darn it! Come on Paul, you can do it!
- Schmidt 50% - Hackett 50% Lets go Paul! Only 870 votes behind!
- Schmidt 59,132 (51.74%) - Hackett 55,151 (48.25%)
Of course a 3% victory equals a mandate in Republican circles, so I guess it wasn't as close as I thought.
Somehow I don't think we have seen the last of Paul Hackett. His success in this Congressional Race in a very conservative district, bodes well for his future either for state office or perhaps the Senate.