(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is the target of a new Republican Governors Association ad highlighting the number of jobs that have been lost in the Buckeye State since the Democrat took office in 2007.
The 30-second spot called "Gone" features three office-employees discussing recent Ohio job cuts at large corporations such as NCR, Fischbein and Novelis.
"We lost 400,000 jobs under Strickland," one of the employees says.
"Gotta be a world record," another responds.
A spokesman for the RGA would not say where the ad is running or how much money is being spent on it.
Strickland is battling former Rep. John Kasich for the governor's mansion. A recent Quinnipiac University survey showed Strickland holds a 7-point lead but is unable to draw support from more than 50 percent of the electorate.
Responding to the ad, a Strickland spokeswoman said "Ohioans understand that this recession didn't start on High Street in Columbus."
"They know it started on Wall Street and in Washington, where Congressman Kasich supported unfair trade deals and top-down economic policies that may have helped him make a fortune at Lehman Brothers, but didn't work out so well for Ohio companies and workers," Communications Director Lis Smith said.