Race for Ohio's 1st Congressional District moves from 'leans Republican' to 'toss-up'

In a race now considered too close to call, respected pundits rate as a toss-up a usually solid Republican district in the Tri-State. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - In a race now considered too close to call, respected pundits rate as a toss-up a usually solid Republican district in the Tri-State.

The race between Republican Steve Chabot and Democrat Aftab Pureval for Ohio's First Congressional District has now been moved from "Leans Republican" to a "Toss-Up." This comes from the well-regarded Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Chabot has been in Congress for more than two decades. Pureval has been Hamilton County Clerk of Courts for less than two years. You will be hearing about that from both between now and November.

"He's been in office for 22 years. He's been running for office for 40 years, and the voters of the First District see they have literally nothing to show for it," said Pureval.

"This is a guy that moved into the the district the day before he announced he intended to represent them. His roots here are tenuous at best," said Chabot.

The district, which has moved over the decades due to gerrymandering by both parties, now covers most of the city of Cincinnati, western Hamilton County and Warren County.

It's normally Republican turf, but the ads you've been seeing -- paid for by outside groups, not by either campaign -- prove this year it should be close.

Other big issues, like health care, they differ on, including Obamacare. Chabot is anti-abortion while Pureval is pro-choice. Each says he will be a better watchdog of taxpayer money:

"I'm a former Procter & Gamble attorney with private sector experience, and I brought that perspective to the clerk's office, where we actually reduced the size of government and saved taxpayers nearly $1 million last year," Pureval said.

"[He's] far more liberal than any Democrat I can think of that I've run against here. And I think his views are way outside the mainstream," said Chabot.

Both say special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to continue his investigation, even if they differ on the man being investigated.


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