August 26th, 2010
07:40 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Dems have eye on central Ohio seat

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Ohio 12th: Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R) is seeking a sixth term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Central Ohio, Columbus suburbs
Days until Election Day: 68

(CNN) - Democrats may have as good as shot as any in recent years to capture Ohio's 12th Congressional District this November, but a potential victory in this Republican-leaning district still remains a tall order.

Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks is the Democratic candidate and her fundraising prowess has impressed the national party who once had little hope of carrying the district Barack Obama won with 54 percent of the vote in 2008. But Brooks still finds her campaign war chest to be about a third of the size as the five-term incumbent Rep. Patrick Tiberi, who himself has been aggressively fundraising over the last year.

Brooks is further disadvantaged by the fact that she doesn't live in the district itself (she has said she lives "eight minutes away" in what is the 15th Congressional District), and also faces the burden of running as a Democrat in a year when the party is especially unpopular in economically ravaged states like Ohio.

Adding to Brooks' woes is the demographics of the district that naturally favor a Republican candidate. It's Democratic stronghold - made up of the eastern half of Columbus that is predominantly African-American, is more than outweighed by the city's northern and eastern suburbs where Republican voters dominate. President Obama was able to carry the district on the back of a heavy black turnout in 2008, but a similar turnout is unlikely in 2010 when the top of the ballot features a gubernatorial race that is drawing a fraction of enthusiasm the presidential race did two years ago.

Still, Tiberi, who has yet to face a serious challenge during his 10 years in the House, is not immune to the anti-incumbent fervor that has swept most corners of the country. And Democrats are hoping their optimistic economic message contrasted with the more dire picture painted by the GOP may be enough to carry the day.


Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Ohio • Patrick Tiberi
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    What “We the People” need to do this November is give this congress permanent vacation. We need to have new representation given a chance at representing the people for a change.

    I do not care about what party you belong to! "We the People” got screwed again this time we need to make all of them pay with their jobs.

    Guess what Congress "You Are Fired!"

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    Congress allowed the American people to lose their jobs, their life's savings, and their retirement and NOW we are in double dip recession. And then made the American people pay to bailout the ones who were responsible for the crime.
    All while supporting the special interests, lobbyists, Big business and themselves.
    You know what Congress, welcome to the ranks of the unemployed.

    August 26, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. dont care what you say

    DEMS are going DOWN.....lol, get in the unemployment line and see how it feels you RATS

    August 26, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I just want Boehner the Bonehead's seat.

    August 26, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Pat, Columbus OH

    I live in Congressman Tiberi's district.

    He's a loyal Republican who participated in bringing our city, state, and country to its present economic status by blindly following the lead of the Bush administration's policies of spending this country into deficit hell.

    His days as our representative are numbered.

    August 26, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Gloria A Smith

    Paula Brooks will make a great Representative, Tiberi has done nothing for the 12th. Always voting with the Republicans and not responding to Democrats in his district truly a partisan and part of the Grand Obstructionist Party "NO" campaign.

    August 26, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Craig

    Quote from the article:

    "And Democrats are hoping their optimistic economic message contrasted with the more dire picture painted by the GOP may be enough to carry the day."

    TRANSLATION: they hope to lie to the American people about how bad it is in contrast to the GOP who are pointing out the correct economic indicators showing trouble ahead.

    WHAT A PLAN!

    And you DEMS fall for this garbage?

    Sounds like more Hope and Change.

    August 26, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember Ohio, it was the Bush administration that put you in the soup lines and robbed you of your pensions and they will do it again.

    August 26, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Louisiana Man

    Wouldn't that be poetic justice if a Dem won in a GOP stronghold in Ohio? The state that gave rise to idoit bush's win in 2004.

    Better late than never.

    You go girl and may this be the first in many a Democratic seat for Ohio.

    August 26, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. diridi

    If Ohio has any brain, it will never vote for a Republican nor Tea Party Republican....who messed this nation, the greatest, to "HELL".

    August 26, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. BeverlyNC

    I wish they would pour money to the Democratic candidate running against John Boehner. Boehner is already arrogantly proclaiming himself the House Speaker.
    He has spent more time on the golf course (74 days) than doing any real work in Congress.
    He has told outrageous lies, spread hate, fear, and done everything he could to stop anything to restore our economy or create jobs.
    He cares more about his tan and his toupe than he does any American worker. I am also waiting for his announcement of being gay like many anti-gay Republicans are.) Watch the HBO Documentary called "Outrage")

    If anyone ever needed to be jerked out of office it is Boehner. He is worthless, useless, and wants to hurt average Americans by taking away their Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits and take us back to the Bush policies which he thinks were great. His economic plan consists of the same failed policy – tax cuts for millionaires.

    Let's GET RID OF BOEHNER!

    August 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. calvin

    vote out the old bring in the new we need american not democrat and replu

    August 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |