March 27th, 2010
10:11 PM ET

Faith, health care politics clash in key Ohio district

Ohio is the land where the post-2004 wave of Democratic faith-based organizing began. It's the state where an anti-gay marriage initiative helped turn out enough conservative religious voters to hand a second term to George W. Bush -  which made it the natural starting place for the Democrats to begin their attempt to close the God Gap.

Those efforts helped elect Democrat Ted Strickland, a former minister, as Ohio governor in 2006;  helped Obama easily take the Buckeye State in 2008; and helped Democrats pick up a U.S. Senate seat and a handful of House sets in the state in the last couple of election cycles.

All of which is to say that a new faith-based campaign in the state defending Democratic Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus and denouncing House Republican Leader John Boehner - who represents Ohio's 8th congressional district - bears watching.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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