Jillian Bandes

On cap-and-trade, Boccieri was again a flipper. First, he said the bill would kill Ohio jobs. Then, he said the bill would create jobs. His eventual “yes” vote on cap-and-trade encouraged Ohioans to rally against him, and that was before health care. Ohio ranks in the top three most-active tea party states; Miller, Renacci and Shiffer all say that they have a natural anti-incumbant advantage.

“When I am out and about, I continually have people tell me that they have been Democrats for 30, 40 years and say that they will not vote for a Democrat when their leaders pushed through a bill that they didn’t want,” said Miller.

Bocierri had raised an impressive $1 million from his last campaign and and still had more than $900,000 on hand to combat his eventual Republican foe. Renacci is the only Republican who has raised anything near that, pulling in $650,000, including $120,000 of his own money. But that’s far from a guaranteed success in a state where grassroots activism is becoming as regular as Sunday church.

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com