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Statewide poll confirms Democratic Party's woes

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published November 8, 2009

A poll commissioned by the Ohio Newspaper Association reveals the extent of the Democratic Party's problems going into the 2010 statewide battle. Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who will be seeking re-election, as will other Ohio officeholders, would be scrambling to hold on to his job if the election were held today.

The poll shows that the race between Strickland, who is in his first term, and the presumed Republican gubernatorial nominee, John Kasich, is a toss up.

What does that mean? Trouble for the Democratic Party, which must not only hold on to the top spot in state government, but retain control of the offices of secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer, and try to wrest the auditor's post away from the Republicans.

In addition, the party has a challenge in its bid to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican George V. Voinovich because two prominent Democratic officeholders, Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, are vying for the nomination. It could be a bloody primary, which would please the Republicans, who are determined to keep the seat.

All this is being played out against the backdrop of a national economic crisis that has already punished the Democrats in the governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey.

With double-digit unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, a growing national debt and a major divide in the country over health care reform, the Republicans are poised to make gains nationally — unless the economy turns around by next November.

And for that to happen, states like Ohio will have to open the floodgates for federal stimulus spending. It will be a test of the Strickland administration's ability get major projects off the drawing board.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras is guaranteeing that Strickland will receive 80 percent of the vote cast in the county in the governor's race. But if the economy continues to sputter, many Democrats will stay home rather than come out and vote the ticket.

To be sure, a year is a lifetime in politics. 


1valleyred(1100 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Betras can guarantee all he wants, Strickland will struggle to get 65% of the area. I supported Strickland in 2006 and there is NO WAY IN HELL I am supporting him in 2010.

I'd be willing to be 30-40% of the conservatives in our area backed Strickland in 2010 because of the GOP Choice of Ken 'Coingate' Blackwell

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2JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

"To be sure, a year is a lifetime in politics."

In that case get back to us in a year...since that's when the actual election takes place. Am I right?

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3JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


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4Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Until a short time ago, I believed that the Democratic-Socialist Party would have a death grip on political power nationally and perhaps statewide. They've grown the government-dependent voting block who faithfully vote for those that flick them a few crumbs from a bountiful table.

However, after the DSP controlled Congress has voted a series of high tax, anti-jobs bills (Pelosi"care", the failed porkulus spending bill and Cap-and-Tax), targerted and villified US citizens and businesses (Humana, Fox News, Talk Radio, Sarah Palin, Ken Starr...) like the easily-angered powerful government that they are, and exploded the deficit, the people have risen in opposition in great numbers.

What the DSPs need to understand is that people realize that when you raise taxes, you are seizing their property. When you raise taxes, you are closing the only door they have to a better way of life. People have begun to see the government as a powerful force that can take their earnings at will, much like an armed thief.

Relax DSPs, you've enslaved enough folks through entitlements that your fiat is probably safe, but I'm not as certain as I used to be.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The state will return to it's GOP majority in short order. Governor Stricknine has shown his true colors and it ain't what the people wanted for this state: Higher taxes, high unemployment, and gambling.

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6JAB(41 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Why would the democrats in mahoning county choose Dave Betras as their chairman? The guy is part of the problem. He will lead the democrats to self destruction. I for one will vote (I) because I think he is a loose cannon.

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7JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

No, I didn't. I bet you spent a few hours researching, though...sorry for the mix-up.

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8northsideperson(365 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Gov Strickland will be held accountable for what's happened in Ohio's economy
- whether he is responsible for it or not
- whether he has the ability to improve it or not.

Miserable position to be in.

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9candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

27 million Americans without full-time work, real unemployment tops 17.5%

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Tim will be shown the door.

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