Empty Space

One of the bellwether U.S House races in Ohio in this election was District 18, where incumbent Democrat Zack Space faced a stiff challenge from Republican Bob Gibbs.

The 18th is a big, sprawling district just to the east of us, so ads for the race were run on some of the Columbus TV stations.  The negative ads — which was about all we saw — depicted Gibbs as a job-killer who wanted to outsource jobs to China, whereas Space was portrayed as a Nancy Pelosi clone.

The race has now been called in favor of Gibbs, who leads by a surprisingly large 14 percentage point margin with 92 percent of the votes counted.  This race will be well worth reviewing in retrospect, to see what motivated the voters to turn on Space to such an extent.  I suspect that the economy and government spending will be cited by most voters as the key reasons for their decision.

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