(CNN) - For the GOP, this year’s all about undoing 2006 – nowhere more than in Ohio, where the last midterm cycle cost the party a Senate seat and the governor’s mansion...both up for grabs tonight.
The White House made Ohio a top priority; the president made more campaign stops here this year than anywhere else. And the huge Democratic GOTV operation here, one of the strongest in the nation, swung into high gear for a big early ballot push.
Union voters responded; they just didn’t have quite the same level of response to the whole Democratic ticket. Lee Fisher got 55 percent of the union vote to Rob Portman’s 43 percent – and Portman heads to Washington. Meanwhile, Ted Strickland’s share of union support: 62 percent, to John Kasich’s 37 percent.... and that race is still too close to call. If Strickland does hold on to the governor’s mansion, he may have union voters to thank.
Interesting note: 66 percent of the voters in this Rust Belt State aren’t fans of the stimulus. That number’s almost evenly divided between those who say it made no difference, and those who say it actively hurt the economy.
UPDATE: looks like the extra union help wasn't enough - and the White House is 0 for 2 in the Buckeye State...