Aftab Pureval

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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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So, what does it mean when the professional tea leaf readers move a Congressional race from a “Likely Republican” status to a “Leans Republican” status?

Hamilton County Clerk Of Courts

Game on. Aftab Pureval versus U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio's 1st Congressional District.

For all the marbles.