Ohio Senate Race Already All but Won—for Republicans
September 14, 2016
There’s still good news sometimes, even among the crummy politics of 2016. Sometimes the good guys win:
. . . many are beginning to write off a race once expected to be one of the most competitive in the country as a lock for the GOP. . . . The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a super PAC run by associates of Senate minority leader Harry Reid recently canceled millions of dollars worth of ad buys on Strickland’s behalf . . . .
How did Portman do it? Among other things:
. . . the Portman campaign is also handing out, at Clinton rallies across the state, literature advertising his union endorsements. Bliss says he’s gotten 397 people to sign up for Portman yard signs at those events. “We cede nothing to Ted Strickland — no ground, no issue, no nothing,” he says. “We are going to win his old congressional district” in the heart of industrial Ohio.
Of course it also helps if the Democrats are dumping their voters overboard.
Portman reached out to several of the state’s unions, all of which backed Strickland in his previous races, and he has gotten endorsements from the Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the United Mine Workers, and the Fraternal Order of Police. The endorsements are evidence not only that the GOP is increasingly the home of downscale, blue-collar workers, but also that the Democratic party has pushed them away.
(How did the Democratic Party do that? Obamacare comes to mind…)