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'Joe the Plumber' wins GOP primary in Ohio

  • November election win would send tradesman to Congress
  • Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher squeaks by challenger
'Joe the Plumber' wins GOP primary in Ohio

Don't look now but America's most famous tradesman -- "Joe the Plumber" has a shot at Congress.

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher was thrust upon the national stage in 2008 when he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama on an Ohio campaign stop.

“Do you believe in the American dream?” he shouted from afar, according to reports. Obama walked over to engage him about a tax proposal but the unlicensed tradesman was having none of it. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Wurzelbacher told him.

In a 51% to 48% vote, Wurzelbacher defeated real estate agent Steve Kraus in a primary for the GOP nomination in Ohio's 9th Congressional District.

The problem is the Republican Party, well most of it, evidently didn't think he'd win in heavily Democratic northeast Ohio.

Reached by Politico on Tuesday before polls closed, Kraus, who was outspent by Wurzelbacher by about 6 to 1, seemed confident he'd secure the victory. “I’ve done a lot of campaigning and knocked on a lot of doors, and a lot of people told me they liked my message better than they liked Joe’s.” He added: “I think people are looking for substance.”

Read more: Super Doozy: GOP votes show a fractured Republican base

Wurzelbacher will square off against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives, in the election this fall.

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