September 1st, 2010
07:50 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Sutton underfunded and on the ropes in Ohio's 13th

 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's 13th: Betty Sutton (D) v. Tom Ganley (R)
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Northeast Ohio
Days until Election Day: 62

(CNN) - Rep. Betty Sutton was once thought a shoo-in for reelection in Ohio's blue collar 13th District, but when Republican Tom Ganley said earlier this year that he would drop his Senate bid and instead run against Sutton, all bets were off for the incumbent.

That's because Ganley, a wealthy car dealership owner, brought a sizable campaign warchest to the race when he dropped into the 13th District race. Coupled with small business credentials, Ganley presents a sizable threat to Sutton.

Ganley's face is a familiar one to the constituents of Ohio's 13th District. The owner of 32 car dealerships has long been on television touting the cars and trucks sold at his dealeships, a lucrative business that has allowed Ganely to pump $6.5 million of his own money into the race.

In 2008, Sutton carried the 13th without breaking a sweat, capturing more that 60 percent of the vote in a year that saw significant Democratic gains across the board. But the political forecast has turned significantly darker for Democrats in the months before November's general election.

Ohio's 13th is unlikely to escape that general trend. The district snakes through the Northeast corner of the state, and includes the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron, two industrial cities that have suffered due to the economic downturn.

And that sets up a race that is likely to be focused on jobs and the employment woes that have hit the rust belt. Both candidates have experience in the area: Ganley as a businessman, and Sutton as a labor lawyer.

Most political observers characterize the District as one that leans Democratic, and is still Sutton's to lost. But at the last reporting period, she had only $593,409 cash on hand, a deficit that could swing the race in favor of Ganley.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Katy Hill

    I want to see the Republicans take back both houses so they can finish the destruction they started with Bush. Maybe then we can start over.

    September 1, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. Chicago Joe

    Uh, oh. Maybe she can be infused with some Obama money.

    Don't blame her small 'warchest'. Blame her lack of character and her support of unpopular policies.

    September 1, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. GL

    It is starting to look like all the Wall Street people are running for government not to help the people of this country but to help the people that ran this country to the ground. Why would us American, elected people from Wall Street that help cause all mess we are in. All these Republicans business running just so they can make sure their friend can run wild with out any regulations. These are the ones that hate government, but are running to fill all the seats in Congress. Us American need to get a clue – if we have more Wall Street Ex CEO getting all these seats in Congress what the hell do you thing is going to happen to this country. Wall Street of American with out any government regulations is where this country is going to be heading if we elected all this ex CEO running this Nov.

    September 1, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. GL

    These CEO don't care of the middle class or the poor when they was business owners so why would they care when they get elected into government. Wall Street of American with out any government regulations is where this country is going to be heading if we elected all this ex CEO running this Nov. Lets all put on our smart hands on in Nov. These Wall Street Ex CEO ran wild for the last 8 years with out any real regulations when they didn't work for the government so just image when they are running the government and only THE RICH WILL survive.

    September 1, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Ron in Califonia

    we can only hope that another Dem will bite the dust.

    September 1, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The people are now insuring that their voices are heard in Washington.

    September 1, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Sally

    It is just a shame that we can't reform campaign financing so that these elections cannot be bought bu the wealthiest person. The same thing will happen in Michigan..Camp will get an undeserved 10th term because no Democrat can match his deep pockets. When will we wise up?

    September 1, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Rush Goebbels

    Lets just save some money and do away with all the middlemen in Congress.Vote for your favorite corporations CEO,Between the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil,they just about own the USA.

    September 1, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |