Strickland Continues to Drub Blackwell in Polls
In a poll released today by Rasmussen Reports, Ohio's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland holds a 13 percent lead
over Pat Robertson's favorite candidate, Ken Blackwell. The beleagured Secretary of State, whose lone political highlight in more than a decade of elected office in Ohio was an amendment banning gay marriage, has struggled to keep pace with Strickland, as the moderate Democrat has won over myriad moderate Republicans afraid of Blackwell's radical proposals.
Unfortunately, the news isn't as promising for the Ohio Senate Race, as Republican incumbent Mike DeWine leads challenger Sherrod Brown by seven points.
Both of these figures, however, are tempered by a recent Wall Street Journal/Zogby Poll which gives Brown a 12.7%-point lead, but has Strickland ahead by just five percentage points.
Ken Blackwell will be the fortune recipient of a bevy of national assistance, as conservative organizations around the country recognize the danger in losing the gubernatorial race in Ohio, as the ramifications for 2008 could prove catastrophic. If Ohio goes blue, so too will the White House.
But unfortunately for Blackwell, Strickland will make him run on his record, which is meager at best.
As Secretary of State, Blackwell helped Ohioans grow accustomed to antiquated voter registration laws, outrageously long lines, and a dearth of voting machines in Democratic precincts. Indeed, such are reasons that Ohioans are refusing to swallow the Blackwell talking points.
And Blackwell's alignment with radical religous ideologues like Rod Parsley, who openly bash gays and Muslims, has further hindered his standing in Ohio. Further, Blackwell's stance on abortion--a plan to ban all abortions, just as in South Dakota--has alienated him from any moderate Republican voters.
As Rasmussen, um, reports:
Strickland attracts 82% of Democrats, whereas Brown attracts only 66% support from GOP voters. Unaffiliated voters and moderates prefer Strickland by a margin of two-to-one or more.
Strickland is viewed favorably by 53%, unfavorably by 32%. Blackwell is viewed favorably by 44%, unfavorably by 45%; 25% have a "very unfavorable" view of him.
So there's good news for Strickland, and mixed news for Brown.
Let's not grow complacent with these encouraging poll figures, then, and continue to support Strickland and Brown in two of the most important elections in Ohio history.