Aftab Pureval

Did you ever read a Superman comic book when you were a kid?

If the answer is yes, then you probably know all about Bizarro World, the cube-shaped planet where everything is upside-down and contrary to normal expectations.

Well, welcome to Bizarro World.

Some people find this hard to believe, but the race in Ohio's 1st Congressional District between Democratic challenger Aftab Pureval and Republican incumbent Steve Chabot really is one of the most competitive House races in the country.

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As Aftab Pureval campaigns for Congress in southwest Ohio, he sometimes smilingly introduces himself as "a brown dude with a funny name."

Updated: 9:24 a.m.

This time around, TV ads featuring a stuffed toy duck squawking Aftab! – well, that just won't do it.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how a congressional district that's been solidly Republican for over 30 years may get swept up in a "blue wave." 

Kyle Kondik, managing editor for Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, joins the show.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Democrat Aftab Pureval appears to be making headway in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, according to one of the nation's leading political publications.

Let's play a little bit of the game show Jeopardy! today.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval, joined by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, stood before about 125 supporters at a Cincinnati home on Wednesday to launch a "Women for Aftab" organization.

Democrat Jill Schiller is out campaigning hard in Ohio's Second Congressional District, harder than anyone else has since incumbent Republican Brad Wenstrup first won the seat in 2012.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

This is how it usually works in a gubernatorial or U.S. Senate election in Ohio: The candidate for governor or U.S. Senator who racks up a huge margin of victory usually helps lift up the down-ticket statewide candidates of his party.

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