More panic from the mainstream press about John Kasich’s steadily developing lead over Ted Strickland:
“I feel like I am behind at this point,” Strickland told Enquirer editors and reporters Tuesday. “I don’t feel like I am 12 points behind. But I am not overly concerned about it.”
The “12 percent” Strickland referred to is the 12 percentage point gap between himself and GOP opponent John Kasich in the two most recent polls of the gubernatorial race – one conducted between Aug. 25 and Sept. 3 by the Columbus Dispatch and one conducted Aug. 30 by Rasmussen Reports.
Strickland, according to campaign finance reports, had a better month in August than Kasich, raising $1.48 million compared to $1.35 million for the former central Ohio congressman.
Central Ohio’s News 10 summarizes the emerging debate over economic development and its relation to the Government in Ohio’s race:
Both Strickland and his Republican challenger, Kasich, admit that the state has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs during the last few years, but they disagree on why, 10TV’s Jeff Hogan reported.
“Why were those jobs lost? Not because of what I did or what Ohioans did, but because of what folks on Wall Street did,” Strickland said.
Kasich blames the Ohio Department of Development, calling it slow, unfocused and unable to make a decision.
“They tell me that when you go in there, you better make sure that you have your affairs in order, because you may never come out again,” Kasich said.
Strickland panders to his union base and attends the release of the Chevy Cruze.
Time summarizes both the Senatorial and Gubernatorial races thus far:
The Associated Press releases new information on Lee Fisher’s slow slide into irrelevance:
It’s clear that the gap has dented the Democrat’s ability to both establish himself and slow down Portman.
While many candidates around the country have been on television for at least a month, Fisher is just rolling out his first statewide TV spot this week.
Fisher’s campaign wouldn’t disclose the size of the ad buy, but a state Republican official said it was $1.4 million and that the ad would be running in northern Ohio and Columbus but not in the Cincinnati area.
Fisher launches yet another attack on Rob Portman for being an outsourcer — an attack which has already been refuted:
The Washington Post moves the Ohio race from a toss-up to “Leans Republican.”