Yoder, seeking his fifth term, is one of 25
Yoder and other
"I hope this election turns up a lot of surprises and makes it clear that people aren't willing to live with the status quo," said
In a crowded August primary,
But Davids' unusual resume has drawn national media attention and she's received money from groups such as Emily's List, which backs abortion rights. She's also been endorsed by President
Davids was recently in
"She has a resume which has caught people's imagination," said
Yoder's district covers ever-expanding suburbs, more established bedroom communities and poor
"We've known this was always going to be a very competitive race," said
Previously, the biggest bump in Yoder's career was an
Yoder apologized; voters appeared to forget about the incident, and he won re-election again in 2014 by 20 percentage points.
Now, the "full" endorsement of Yoder that Trump tweeted in July appears to be a bigger threat to the congressman's career. Yoder became chairman this spring of a
In recent weeks, both Davids and Yoder have stressed health care as an issue, particularly protections for consumers with pre-existing medical conditions. Davids criticizes Yoder for voting repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law Obama championed, which protected such consumers from being denied coverage.
"They're connecting with what we're talking about," Davids said during an interview, referring to voters.
Davids has said she's willing to vote for single-payer government health insurance but wants to tackle more immediate issues, such as prescription drug prices. Yoder's latest television ad suggests a single-payer system would threaten protections on pre-existing conditions and care for people with rare medical conditions. The congressman was not available this week for a telephone interview.
His ad features a mother who says she's nervous that Davids wants to "put the government in charge of our health care decisions." It's an argument that has resonated with
But, after describing Yoder as a "pretty predictably vanilla Republican," he added, "And maybe in this very, very polarized environment, people are not down with vanilla anymore."