Steve Chabot

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

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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.

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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.

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This may sound like crazy talk, but there are some out there in Democratic circles – both here and in Washington – who believe Ohio's 1st Congressional District will be in play in 2018.