"We still have unemployment, and economic and health care situations are still a big issue. So I think people are frustrated, probably," explained Diana Housley, an accountant who works in Driehaus's district but lives in another, one that's more reliably Republican. She says her neighbors are too quick to judge the Democrats a failure.
"I say just give it a little more time. The Democratic Party and President Obama walked into quite a few long, deep messes, and nothing's a quick fix," Housley said.
In his interview with ABC News, and in his ads, Driehaus stresses the strides the Democrats have made since they took control of the White House and the Congress.
"People are going to work. We're investing in jobs of the future," he says in one commercial.
"We're in a tough election cycle because we stood up and did the right thing for the American people," Driehaus said. "It's been mischaracterized by the right, and, you know, the right is running with that."