Driehaus is known as “Pelosi’s reliable backer” because he votes with the partisan Speaker 94.8% of the time. He helped enact his party leader’s stimulus bill that has failed to put people back to work and, when it was time to pass a budget with tax hikes and massive debt, he came through for Pelosi again and voted yes. By breaking campaign promises and caving to his party leaders, Driehaus has alienated himself from southwestern Ohioans. As a result, it’s no surprise that he continues to trail by wide margins in poll after poll.
We expect that this will be one of the most closely watched races in the country. As one of the NRCC’s Young Guns, Chabot is in a strong position to put this seat back in the GOP column.
Charlie Cook’s PVI rating puts this seat at D+1, and respected political handicapper Stu Rothenberg considers this district to be “lean Republican,” both highlighting the fact that this is one of the GOP’s best pick up opportunities in the country.