Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Ohio's Second Congressional District Seat Race Now Without Frontrunner

Readers who dropped by earlier today saw a post containing my speculation that Doug White, former Ohio state senate president, had become the frontrunner to replace Representative Rob Portman, recently nominated by President Bush to become US fair trade ambassador, in the upcoming special election for Ohio's Second Congressional District seat. That was because yesterday, Hamilton County commissioner Phil Heimlich, one of the presumptive frontrunners, was presented by Ohio's attorney general, Jim Petro, running for governor in 2006, as his lieutenant governor ticket mate.

Unbeknownst to me, White issued a press release yesterday, announcing that he would not make the congressional race.

That leaves the thing wide open with no strong candidates yet in the mix. We're in for some interesting weeks ahead.

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