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.