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Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs (left) defeated Democratic challenger Ken Harbaugh in Ohio's 7th Congressional district.

Ohio’s reliably red 7th Congressional District will remain that way, with Republican Bob Gibbs winning his fifth consecutive term despite a well-funded challenge from Democrat Ken Harbaugh.

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In west Dayton, Democratic congressional contender Theresa Gasper spent a recent Saturday afternoon shaking hands and chatting in a string of black-owned barber shops and salons.

Democrat Ken Harbaugh (left) and Republican Bob Gibbs at their only debate one week before election day.
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At the only debate in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District race, the candidates collided on the expected issues including healthcare, tax cuts and national security, but the killing of 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week came up as well.

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Ohio’s 7th Congressional District runs solidly red through a wide swath of largely rural Northeast and Central Ohio. But for the first time, a well-funded Democratic opponent with a compelling personal story is taking on the GOP incumbent.

One of the possible contenders in the 2020 presidential race was in Northeast Ohio over the weekend to drum up support for Rich Cordray in the race for governor.

“This is not actually about blue or red or right or left right now: we are at a point in America where this is about right or wrong.”

A congressman from Massachusetts spent part of this weekend campaigning for a would-be congressman from Northeast Ohio. The link is that they’re both Democrats, both Ivy League grads and both vets of America’s most-recent wars. We talked with the two about the increasingly visible role of veterans in this year’s elections.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind some of Ohio’s Democratic candidates ahead of the 2018 election.