October 11th, 2010
04:44 PM ET
4 years ago

National Democrats cancel ads in Ohio district

Washington (CNN) - If Rep. Steve Driehaus didn't already face an extremely difficult re-election bid, a move Monday by national Democrats is making the freshman's task even tougher.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pulling the plug on television commercials for Driehaus after this week. A Democratic source confirms reports earlier Monday by the Rothenberg Political Report and by the National Journal's Political Hotline that the DCCC has canceled its media buys after this week. But the DCCC will still finance get out the vote efforts in the district.

Two years ago Driehaus beat seven-term Republican Rep. Steve Chabot by five points in a district that President Barack Obama captured by 11 points.

This year Chabot is running to reclaim his old seat and both the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, rate the race as "Lean Republican."

"It is difficult to read the cancellations as anything other than the Committee's decision to write off the Driehaus race. The DCCC could reverse course and re-purchase the time, of course, but it would then pay a higher rate," says Rothenberg.

As the deadline nears for canceling ad-time that's already reserved, the big question is if other Democrats will find their support waning.

Ohio's first congressional district includes Cincinnati, as well as some very conservative suburbs to the west and north of the city, which have been tough territory for Democrats. Driehaus' vote in favor of the health care reform law has hurt him with many of his suburban constituents.

The National Republican Congressional Committee says that as of now, they are not dropping their ad buys in the district.

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Filed under: 2010 • DCCC • Ohio
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. stufit

    The DNC is cutting it's losses. Oh well, the can always, and will always blame Bush. The truth is they have no morals or conviction. They sold the to the unions long ago.

    October 11, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Rick in OP

    And this will not be the last race the the plug gets pulled. The Democrat's own polling data must be scaring them to death.

    October 11, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. John G

    Admitting defeat is never easy. RIP demcorats.

    October 11, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. stufthis

    That is too bad. The right wingnuts have enough foreign money for 2010 and 2012. However, what is clear is that they do not listen to the American people. Most people want an end to Wall Street abuses-the republicans promise to end regulations against the will of the people, most people are tired of the ten year war in Afghanistan-republicans would like to see us there for a longer period of time, most people want health reform-the republicans want to repeal it, most Americans want their social security and medicare left alone-republicans promise to raise the age, lower the benefits and privatize it, most Americans want jobs created-republicans have voted against every job creation measure.

    October 11, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Concerned Citizen

    Maybe the Democrats are regretting having elected Steve Urkle for president in 2008?

    October 11, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Dave

    To the comment about Republicans taking foreign money, what about the democrats in 2008?
    There was huge amounts and I guess even the foreigners have learned their lesson in 2010.

    October 11, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    We shall see what happens in Nov. I am thinking that there MIGHT be lots of Democrats out there who are like me and my husband: willing and planning to vote straight Democratic, as always, but unable to give money this year to the campaigns. And we almost never get called by pollsters. If we were to be called, I could say with confidence that we and 99% of our many friends and relatives are voting Democratic. Anything else would be a disaster for our state (Colorado) and the country.

    October 11, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Will

    Good for the GOP and better for the country. We are hearing all the background noise from Democrats on anything and everything but their pathetic record.

    October 11, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. barry

    Bye Bye Pathetic Little Dems.

    October 11, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Seems I recall when the neo-cons pulled the plug on the entire state of Michigan and missy stills pouts about it to this day.

    October 11, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. matt

    Yeah but everybody loves Obama so Driehaus has nothing to worry about. What a joke of a president we have, I have never been involved in politics before, until now. I started paying attention when there was talk of electing a black president. So I listened to Obama speak, and I have never heard a more racist, hateful, arrogant, thug. I mean talk about a wolf in sheeps clothing. I almost feel bad for the democrats, I mean Obama was elected so they had to follow him, even though it meant their careers, reputations, and self respect.

    October 11, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Well if you Republicans think you are going to win so easily and are innocent of not being in the back pocket of special interests, than why does the GOP refuse to allow disclosure of financial contributions? Cowards.

    October 11, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Big Day

    Democrats are not running for the hills as the polls would have you think. Most of us because of this recession dont have home lines or internet in our homes because we're broke right now. Republicans have our attention & we are silently going to crush them in November. Mr. President we are ready to begin the golden age of America-new millenium style. God bless America!!!

    October 11, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |