Democrat and Iraq War Veteran Paul Hackett may have lost the incredibly close race for the open Congressional seat in Ohio's second district, but there is much speculation over what it might mean for Congressional candidates in 2006. Bush won the district in 2004 with 64% of the vote. Republican Candidate Jean Schmidt won with 52%.
The folks over at MSNBC's First Read wrote this:
"To the extent that ethics and the scandals plaguing GOP Gov. Robert Taft's administration kept voters from favoring Schmidt, the national party may worry that the whole Jack Abramoff/Tom DeLay/Bob Ney/dysfunctional House ethics panel ball of wax may do the same in 2006. "