(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...
I guess Ohioans think that the Republicans are going to bring their jobs back from overseas. oh, well. Like my grandfather
used to tell me when I complained that my little brother pee'd on me night and I still let him sleep in my bed : "Son, you must
Im not worried about Lee Fisher. He never wins a race!
Rob Portman winning is not nearly as significant as the CNN commentator just stated - many Ohio Democrats wanted to vote for him because we believe he will be a strong senator for Ohio despite the fact that he is a Republican. Most people do not associate him with Bush even though he was his OMB appointee - they see him as a popular Ohio politician who has generally avoided the negativity associated with Bush and politicians generally. He ran blue collar type ads to attract these voters. Him winning is not a referendum on Obama.
Oh well, back to the future, Ohio.