1월 6 rally participant could unseat the longest-serving woman in the House

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This is the weirdness of the 2022 중간 선거: An Ohio Republican associated with the QAnon conspiracy movementand who painted massive Donald Trump murals on his lawn and put out a crass rap song on his campaign websitewill face off in November against a Democrat who could become the longest-serving woman in Capitol Hill history.

It could be a close one

Due to Ohio’s newly drawn congressional map, the race is likely to be a tossup, according to professional handicappers.

    He went to the ‘Stop the Steal’ 랠리

      J.R. Majewski, the Republican who describes himself as working in the nuclear energy industry, was born in Toledo, 오하이오, 에 1979 and won Tuesday’s crowded Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District.
        He previously told the Toledo Blade he attended the “도둑질 중지” rally on January 6, 2021, but says he didn’t breach the US Capitol.

        She’s an old-school, labor-supporting Dem

          대표. Marcy Kaptur, the incumbent, was first elected to represent Toledo in 1982, before Majewski was old enough to be in kindergarten. She’s an old-school, union-backing Democratin a place where Democrats, who have paid lip service to unions without much to show for it, have struggled to keep up.

          This is not the district Kaptur is used to

          In the decade leading up to this election, the 9th District spanned 140 miles of Lake Erie coastlineeverything in the two-plus hour drive from the Democratic stronghold of Toledo east to the Democratic stronghold of Cleveland.
          Kaptur routinely won elections with more than 60% 투표의.
          That old district is gone now, carved up in a redistricting process controlled by the state’s Republican majority, who also had to deal with Ohio’s loss of a congressional seat after the 2020 인구 조사.

          Ohio has lost House members every decade since the ’70s

          The tide has been going out in Ohio for decades. The state had 21 US House members back when Kaptur took office in 1983.
          Starting next year, when she hopes to be sworn in for the 21st time, Ohio will have just 15 US House 좌석.

          New voters for Kaptur and Majewski

          Kaptur will have to win reelection in 2022 by introducing herself to a portion of the state she’s never represented in all those decadesthe rural northwestern corner, including Williams and Defiance counties, where the voters are more used to being represented by a Republican.
          That Republican, 대표. Bob Latta, will have to introduce himself to some of the Democratic-leaning areas east of Toledo that Kaptur has been representing for some time.

          Carving up the ‘snake on the lake

          CNN’s data visualization and politics teams are charting how each state’s congressional districts have changed. Below and in this link, you can see Kaptur’s old, 긴, thin district, which has been referred to as thesnake on the lake.It was very blue and reliably Democratic. The new version is no longer blue and stretches across a different portion of the state.

          Redistricting is a part of US politics. Kaptur is no stranger to it.
          때 “snake on the lakedistrict was created, Kaptur bested former Rep. Dennis Kucinich 안에 2012 민주당 예비 선거 — her closest race in a long time.
          Kaptur ran unopposed in the 2022 Democratic primary on Tuesday.
          She hasn’t felt heat from a Republican challenger recently, although she did soundly beat another, Samuel Wurzelbachermore commonly known as Joe the Plumber — 에 2012.

          This year will be different

          Republicans are hoping a wave of economic frustration will sweep them into the House majority, and with a very different look to districts like Kaptur’s.
          A fraught and political redistricting effort in Ohio saw state Republicans reject proposals for maps that would likely have produced a more even ratio of Republicans to Democrats in Congress. 대신, the state will likely have a heavy Republican tilt. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project gave the map that decided how Ohio voters cast their ballots on Tuesday an “에프” for partisan fairness.

          Whoever wins in November, it will be a switch for Ohio voters

          Somebody is in for a shock. It will either be voters from Democrat-heavy Toledo, who have supported Kaptur for decades, or those from rural Williams County, who are more used to the conservative Latta.
          If she remains the congresswoman for the district, it will be a culture shock for us,” Patti Rockey, who chairs the Williams County GOP, told me last week before the primary. “We are not used to having people represent us who don’t have conservative values,” 그녀가 말했다, although she expressed confidence that Kaptur would be retired by these new voters.

          A party in decline in Ohio

          I asked Jeffrey Broxmeyer, a professor of political science at the University of Toledo, about how the area has changed since Kaptur first took office. We had a long conversation about the hollowing out of Democrats in industrial areas.
          National Democrats, Broxmeyer argued, have in recent yearsrarely lifted a finger to help labor unions in districts like this. 잘, the tables have turned,” 그는 말했다. “It’s hard to imagine any route to success without organized labor pulling Kaptur over the line.

          Don’t underestimate a candidate like Majewski

          Broxmeyer said Republicans in the state had specifically designed the new 9th District with a more traditional candidate in mind and never expected an unknown quantity like Majewski, who won the GOP nomination with 36% of the vote and an appeal to the “미국을 다시 위대하게” absolutists.
          He argued Majewski could turn into a more formidable opponent for Kaptur and pointed to the recent success of lawmakers like Georgia Rep. 마조리 테일러 그린.

          Turning point for Ohio Democrats

          If Kaptur and a slate of also-experienced Democratic statewide candidates (Tim Ryan for Senate and Nan Whaley for governor) 잃다, Broxmeyer said it could equal the end of Democrats as a political force in the state.
          If Ohio Democrats get wiped out this November, they will no longer be a major party,” 그는 말했다. “Just a random bunch of mayors. Ohio Democrats would join the history books alongside the Federalist party and the Whig party. Anybody ever heard of them?”

          Confused outside Cleveland

          Matt Lundy is the only Democrat remaining on the Lorain County Board of Commissioners after recent elections where Republicans saw gains.
          Starting next year, the countywhich had been split into three different congressional districts, including Kaptur’swill be consolidated into the one currently represented by Latta.
            Lundy told me he’s frustrated that the new congressional map, which is expected to yield up to 12 Republican seats of 15 합계, does not match the partisan breakdown of the state.
            This has been going on in Ohio for quite some time and I think voters find it frustrating,” Lundy said, pointing out that because of court battles over local district maps there will be a second round of primaries, for state legislative districts, likely in August.

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