Best Of 2017

Best underdog win involving the use of a duck: Aftab Pureval

Best underdog win involving the use of a duck

Republicans had controlled the Hamilton County clerk of courts office for so long — 113 years — that the place had become a satellite campaign headquarters for the Republican Party. Along came Aftab Pureval, a Procter & Gamble lawyer who won election to the office on the Democratic ticket. He became the first Democrat to run the courts’ back-office functions since 1903. Not even the Chicago Cubs had to wait that long.