Samuel Wurzelbacher

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Samuel Wurzelbacher
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 9
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1991-1996
Place of birthToledo, Ohio
ProfessionPlumber, Air Force Vet
Campaign website
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Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Ohio.[1]


Campaign themes


On his 2012 campaign website, Wurzelbacher outlined his central campaign themes:

  • " I (along with other freedom-loving Americans) have spent the last 3 years watching now President Obama make good on his threat of spreading the wealth around. It’s not working for us. Rather than spreading the wealth around, he’s making EVERYONE poor to gain political control. We all have to work to stop this insanity. I am choosing not to be a spectator in the governing of this country. I am choosing to fight the power grabs and corruption that is permeating every level of our government. I am running for Congress in the 9th District of Ohio. And I’m asking you to stand with me. Enough is enough. "

Primary endorsements



See also: Ohio's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Wurzelbacher lost to incumbent Marcy Kaptur.[2] Wurzelbacher ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 9th District. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was December 7 2011. Wurzelbacher defeated Steven Kraus in the March 6, 2012 Republican primary. He faces incumbent Marcy Kaptur in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[4] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[4]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Wurzelbacher one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[5]

U.S. House, Ohio District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcy Kaptur Incumbent 73% 217,771
     Republican Samuel Wurzelbacher 23% 68,668
     Libertarian Sean Stipe 3.9% 11,725
Total Votes 298,164
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio's 9th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Wurzelbacher 51.4% 15,166
Steven Kraus 48.6% 14,323
Total Votes 29,489

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Wurzelbacher lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Wurzelbacher's campaign committee raised a total of $426,363 and spent $421,873.[6]


After leaving the Air Force in 1996, Wurzelbacher started work as a communications engineer, but later quit to become a plumber so he could spend more time with his son. Wurzelbacher briefly became a political celebrity of sorts during the 2008 presidential election cycle when questions he asked then-candidate Barack Obama about his tax policy drew intense media attention. Shortly after that encounter, Republican nominee John McCain cited Wurzelbacher during one of the presidential debates as someone who would be negatively affected by Obama's policies.[7]

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