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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher won the GOP nomination in Ohio's 9th Congressional District last night.
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who became known as ‘Joe the Plumber’ after he asked then-candidate Barack Obama about small business taxes during the 2008 presidential race, won the GOP nomination in Ohio's new 9th Congressional District last night, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Wurzelbacher, 38, will face off against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur for a seat in Congress in November.
Wurzelbacher, who said he was a plumber, grabbed 15 minutes in the spotlight from his encounter with Obama at a campaign stop, but he later lost his job, the Los Angeles Times reported. It emerged that Wurzelbacher was not a licensed plumber, but a plumber’s assistant who owed back taxes to the state of Ohio and would likely get a tax cut under Obama's plan.
"If I had known then what I know now, I might have kept my mouth shut," Wurzelbacher wrote on his campaign website, according to ABC News. "I was then promptly thrown into the political world of lies, distortion and half-truths."
Wurzelbacher only squeaked past his opponent, Steve Kraus, an auctioneer and real estate agent, beating Kraus 51 percent to 48 percent, the LA Times reported. He outspent Kraus $58,741 to $9,806 as of Feb. 15, according to the Wall Street Journal, and got a boost from appearances with Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Wurzelbacher now faces a tough race against Kaptur. Ohio’s 9th district, which runs from Cleveland to Toledo, leans Democratic, and Kaptur, who beat two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to grab the Democratic nomination last night, has 15 years in Congress under her belt, according to ABC News.
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