Three current and former dealers running for Congress for the first time are favored by some pollsters to win their Nov. 2 races, which would lift the ranks of dealers in the U.S. House to a record of six.
Polls show that Republicans Mike Kelly in Pennsylvania, Scott Rigell in Virginia and James Renacci in Ohio, all current or former dealers, are likely to unseat Democratic incumbents, according to the independent Web site RealClearPolitics.com.
The Cook Political Report Web site, which also tracks polls, agrees Kelly and Rigell are likely to win. But it rates Renacci's race against incumbent John Boccieri a toss-up.
The only dealer-candidate that wasn't favored to win as of last week is Republican Tom Ganley, who is running against Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio.
Ganley is a National Automobile Dealers Association board member who has criticized cash for clunkers -- after making $20 million in sales under the program.
Sutton was author of the cash-for-clunkers legislation.
During the past session, a record three current and former dealers served in the House, said NADA spokesman Bailey Wood.
"Putting Main Street businessmen in Congress is a good thing," Wood said.
"They have a better understanding of how business works, and in this instance, how auto dealerships work."
The three lawmakers that have been dealers all have safe seats, the Cook Political Report reported.
They are Republicans John Campbell of California, Vern Buchanan of Florida and Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.