Another factor is the jobs situation in northern Ohio, which has a niche industry in medical device manufacturing. Kilroy’s “yes” vote for health care includes a massive new tax on medical devices that promises to send even more jobs out of the state. She’s also voted “yes” on finance reform, cap-and-trade, and every other key issue that middle-of-the-road voters might not like in this bellweather state. But no polling has been conducted on the race since the May 4 primary election, and even Stivers admits that it’s going to be a hard-fought race. He’s knocked on 20,000 doors since starting his campaign and is taking nothing for granted.
“This is truly one of the swing districts in the country,” said Stivers. “But I feel pretty confident…that she has a real problem with her image.”