The Campaign Spot

It’s Time for Ted Strickland to Rest on His Laurels

In Ohio, Gov. Ted Strickland’s numbers are ticking up a bit.

Quinnipiac tells us:

Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland leads Republican challenger John Kasich in the race to be Ohio’s next governor, 44 – 39 percent, up from a 40 – 40 deadlock November 11, and has improved his standing slightly, but consistently, on a broad array of measures, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

And Ohio voters ought to be grateful for Strickland’s exceptional performance; Ohio’s unemployment rate is down to only 10.9 percent! That’s way better than the 11.2 percent level of June!

Quinnipiac also tells us:

Despite the uptick for the Democratic Governor, President Barack Obama gets a negative 44 – 52 percent approval rating in Ohio, the ultimate Electoral College swing state, his biggest negative in any state or national survey by the independent Quinnipiac University since his inauguration.