Link'd Turnout was actually unusually high apparently. And the high turnout in a district that gave the previous incumbent a 44-point victory nearly went blue. This race shouldn't even have been close. Charlie Cook said in his pre-election analysis said: The margin of victory was less than 4 points. In an R+13 district. Now this was something of a perfect storm for the Democrats; their candidate was an articulate Iraqi war veteran who is a gun owner and hunter. Their opponent had ties to Tom DeLay, and the whole Ohio GOP is tied up in a corruption scandal known as Coingate which they were also succesfully able to tie Schmidt to. But this shows that with the right candidates and the right message the Democrats could mount a serious challenge to GOP control nationwide between now and '08. Interesting times.