Incumbent U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) is facing an uphill battle in her campaign for re-election.
Prior to redistricting, Ohio’s 9th Congressional District was considered a safe seat for the current Democrat occupant. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gave OH-9 a partisan rating of D+16. It now gives the district a R+6 rating.
The Cook Political Report considers the race to be a “tossup.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced that it is targeting Ohio’s 9th Congressional District seat for a GOP takeover.
The New York Times previously reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s PAC has reserved millions of dollars in advertising to help bolster the chances of vulnerable Democrat incumbents. In a statement, the NRCC noted that Kaptur’s name was missing from the list. NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella said, “Marcy Kaptur’s own party knows she’s a lost cause. She should retire now and spare herself the embarrassment of a loss in November.”
Parella previously said of Kaptur, “It’s no surprise that Marcy Kaptur has become one of the country’s most vulnerable Democrats after continuously supporting Nancy Pelosi’s toxic socialist agenda. Kaptur should save herself the embarrassment of losing re-election and retire now.”
Kaptur has served in the U.S. House since 1983, making her the second-longest-serving female in that body’s history. Since the Biden administration took office, she has been an automatic vote in favor of the Biden agenda. Her voting record shows that she has voted with the Biden agenda 100 percent of the time as of March 2022.
Kaptur holds a 95-percent rating from the radical pro-abortion group NARAL. In 2016, she supported Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primary for president.
FEC records for the reporting period ending on December 31, 2021, show that Kaptur had raised $470,452.70 for the 2022 cycle and had $1,006,007.13 on hand in the bank.
Running in the Republican primary, which is scheduled to take place on May 3 are project manager and Afghan War veteran J.R. Majewski, State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Weston), and State Representative Craig Riedel (R-Paulding).
Majewski has raised $200,249.48 and has $117,611.81 cash on hand. Gavarone has taken in $103,753.75 and has $102,523.64 in the bank. Riedel entered the race after the December 31, 2021 filing deadline and wasn’t required to file a campaign finance report for that period.
The FEC finance reports for the January 1 through March 31, 2022 reporting period will be available in the coming weeks.
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Photo “Marcy Kaptur” by Official House Photographer. Background Photo “United States Capitol” by David Maiolo. CC BY-SA 3.0.