CANTON, Ohio — #5in5 is in the Buckeye State to assess three races that could either help Republicans maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, or help Democrats inch closer to the 25 seats needed to retake control.
One of the three seats is held by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), a freshman lawmaker who previously served in the Ohio State Senate after more than three decades as a commercial hog farmer. He currently represents the 18th Congressional District, but is running in the redrawn 7th Congressional District, an area that stretches from Canton, west toward Mansfield and then north to the Cleveland suburbs.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll puts President Obama eight points ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Ohio, but voters here believe Romney is better-suited to address the nation’s growing deficit.
That’s part of the reason why Gibbs spends most of his time talking about ways to create jobs in this economically-distressed area and plans that would cut taxes and reduce government spending to pay down the deficit. The Washington Post considers OH-7 a “likely Republican” victory, but Democrat Joyce Healy-Abrams is hoping that her family’s name recognition — especially in the Canton area — can help her keep it close.
More on the contest later today here in 2chambers, but first a review of our week thus far:
Miles traveled as of Tuesday night: 560 miles. Began Sunday night in Washington and I drove Tuesday from Grove City, Pa. to Canton, Ohio.
Places visited: Grove City, Pa.; the William McKinley Birthplace in Niles, Ohio; Canton, Ohio.
Gas price: $3.99 for a gallon of regular at the Sheetz in Grove City, Pa.
Where did I eat?: The Elephant & Castle Pub in Grove City, Pa.
Number of times I’ve heard Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” while scanning Ohio and Pennsylvania radio stations: At least 7. (And hopefully never again!)
In case you missed it Tuesday: Make sure to read our interview with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), our conversation with Democratic congressional candidate Missa Eaton and the highlights of a visit with senior citizens campaigning for President Obama.
Where am I going Wednesday?: I’m in the Canton, Ohio area, which is in the eastern part of the 7th Congressional District.