Samuel J. Wurzelbacher gained national fame as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential election. He is the Republican nominee for Ohio's newly drawn 9th Congressional District in the 2012 election. His Democratic opponent is longtime Democratic incumbent Marcy Kaptur.
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