Paul Hackett carried the most rural counties in the Ohio 2nd Congressional District -- winning Brown, Adams, Scioto, and Pike counties easily. Where Schmidt beat him was in the affluent Cincinnati suburbs of Clermont County. The final tally was 52% - 48%. The actual vote tallies were roughly 59,000 to 55,000.
What needs to be studied -- and will be -- is the candidacy of a rough-talking Marine who called El Presidente a "son-of-a-bitch" and increased Democratic performance by 15% ... in very Republican Ohio.
And what's up with rural voters? Doesn't look like a particularly good sign for the Rovians, now does it?