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Choose your own House race: Ohio's 13th!

The people have spoken!

Before July 4 -- that seems like a very long ago now, doesn't it? -- we asked Fixistas to vote on the House race that you wanted to see featured in its own post in this space.

It wound up as a two-horse race between South Dakota's at-large district and Ohio's 13th district but, thanks to a late surge, the Buckeye State contest between Rep. Betty Sutton (D) and wealthy car dealer Tom Ganley (R) won out.

The race, which was not on anyone's radar screen when the cycle began, has charged up the competitive ranks as Sutton has stumbled on fundraising and Ganley has surged -- thanks in large part to his considerable personal wealth. The Cook Political Report currently ranks it as "lean Democrat" while the Rothenberg Political Report sees it as "Democrat favored".

The National Republican Congressional Committee named Ganley a "Young Gun" -- its moniker for its top-tier candidates -- this morning.

Look for a full take-out on the Sutton-Ganley race in this space soon. And, thanks for your votes.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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Ganley is a car dealer. Anyone who has done business with almost any car dealer in the last ten years isn't going to find that in his favor.

Money is always touted as the deciding factor. Just ask Huffington, or Giulianni, or Fred "Sleepy" Thompson.

Portman has revealed his entire platform: Keep the Bush tax Cuts and cut any stimulus money not already spent. Then cut more taxes and send more jobs off shore. Neither he nor kasich have any traction at all, and at least Ohio knows who they are. The 13th is to Ohio what the 23rd was to NY. And the T-Crazies have their candidate up and running in Ganley. He won't make congress this year, and he will be so last year on the first of January that Sherrod Brown will never hear his name. Which is fitting, this was brown's district until he went to the Senate. It runs from Lorain on the Lake to Akron, and it isn't full of prosperous Republicans.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"Still waiting for the "serious consequences" promised to Iran and N Korea.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:06 PM"

absent-and-demented/not-banned zouk: they are Fedexing each country your last 257 posts on the Fix. That should do it.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

A little worried there for a second.

Free ad/mention for Charlie (BHO's HCR = W's Iraqi War) Cook Political Report.


Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I live in the district.

here's my election year bumper sticker:

Betty Sutton is B.S.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

More mush from the Wimp:

Washington - The words of the Obama administration were unequivocal: Sudan must do more to fight terror and improve human rights. If it did, it would be rewarded. If not, it would be punished. Nine months later, problems with Sudan have grown worse. Yet the administration has not clamped down. If anything, it has made small conciliatory gestures. Activists say the backtracking sends a message that the United States is not serious about confronting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Still waiting for the "serious consequences" promised to Iran and N Korea.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

unaccounted is, like 37th, always prepared to say something silly.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

First lady Michelle Obama visited the Florida Panhandle on Monday to shine a spotlight on a tourism industry battered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She met business and tourism leaders, walked barefoot on a beach and stopped at an ice cream shop, proclaiming the region a wonderful place to visit.

then in typical hypocrite fashion, the WH announced they would be vacationing on the beach this summer - in MAINE.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 13, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

This race exemplifies how a good candidate in a good year for your party can catapult one to the top. Ganly had thoughts of running for the US Senate, but thought better of it as primary day approached in favor of favorite Rob Portman. Ganley instead dropped out and decided on running for Ohio's 13 congressional seat. That turned into a smart move. Due to his personal wealth along with American's distain for the policies of Obama & the ultra left, has put this race on the map. If Ganley wins here this year, he could run for the US Senate next year against Sherrod Brown. The senate race this year is Portman's for the taking, and a deal could have been made that Portman will support Ganley in 2012 if he runs then.

Posted by: reason5 | July 13, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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