Kate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House

Kate Schroder is a nightmare for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy’s Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association – White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill MORE (R-Calif.): She’s a 47-year-old political newcomer who has a real chance to knock off an entrenched Republican congressman in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Schroder is one of the stars of a surprisingly strong collection of Democratic challengers in Republican-held seats. Republican hopes of recapturing control of the House are fading fast.

Schroder began to run last year for the seat held by 12-term, 67-year-old incumbent, Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotCentrist Democrats ‘strongly considering’ discharge petition on GOP PPP bill Lawmakers call for expanded AI role in education, business to remain competitive The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association – Pence lauds Harris as ‘experienced debater’; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE, in a Republican gerrymandered district. A public health expert and cancer survivor, she focused on expanding health care coverage and keeping Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which the Trump administration and her opponent have opposed.

The pandemic has elevated her profile and passion: “I don’t have to explain the importance of public health,” she told me.

With the huge focus on the presidential election and closely contested battle for the Senate majority, House races have received scant attention.

The Democrats gained 41 seats in 2018; Republicans a year ago thought they could win over a net of 17 seats to retake the majority. They reasoned that their most endangered incumbents lost last time and that many of the freshmen Democrats would be vulnerable this time. It’s not working out that way. When House Republican leader McCarthy this month set forth the agenda for when Republicans take charge of the House next year, it looked more like a reservation on the next voyage of the Titanic. There already are four or five open Republican-held seats the Democrats will almost certainly capture. Then, it’s generally agreed, each side has about a dozen competitive races. Democrats in very difficult districts like Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamWarning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report GOP leader says he doesn’t want Chamber’s endorsement: ‘They have sold out’ MORE in South Carolina or Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornGOP women’s group rolls out six-figure campaign for Ernst Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report Officials say NASA facing increased targeting by foreign and domestic hackers MORE in Oklahoma, two freshmen, or veteran Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonThe Hill’s Campaign Report: 19 years since 9/11 | Dem rival to Marjorie Taylor Greene drops out | Collin Peterson faces fight of his career | Court delivers blow to ex-felon voting rights in Florida Peterson faces

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