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February 11, 2016


After a narrow victory in 2010 and a polarizing first year in office, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich was one of Democrats’ top gubernatorial targets. But now, some Democrats acknowledge an uptick in the Republican’s job approval numbers, and Kasich barely cracks the list of top five vulnerable Republican governors.

Democrats have coalesced behind Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and believe he can run up the margins in Democratic-rich Northeast Ohio.

But the party may have President Barack Obama to blame for their difficulties. The president spent tens of millions of dollars in last year’s presidential contest talking about economic rebound in Ohio. Now Kasich stands to benefit from that optimism.

A June 18-23 Quinnipiac University survey showed Kasich with a 54 percent job approval rating compared with 32 percent disapproval. Forty-nine percent of registered voters said the governor deserves re-election, while 37 percent said he does not.

This race is far from over, but it looks like Kasich has gained a very small but distinct advantage. We’re moving the race from Pure Tossup to Tossup/Tilt Republican in the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings.

  • Sally

    How can any woman or sane man in Ohio support this union-busting, woman-hating creep? I grew up there, and it disgusts me that this ALEC robot keeps gutting everything good about society. I now live in MI, adn am watching Snyder attempt the same ALEC crap..up here, we are not putting up with his lies for much longer.

    • smerdlap

      I grew up in Akron, and saw first-hand how unions totally destroyed that city and its industrial base. There isn’t even a United Rubber Workers union anymore–they disbanded and had to merge with the Steelworkers, because they single-handedly destroyed their OWN industry with their greedy and incessant demands over the decades since the Depression. The population has declined by 50K over the past 30 years; the only one of four rubber companies that still maintain a presence in Akron is Goodyear. General Tire–now Continental AG (German), and GenCorp moved out of town; Firestone-now it’s Bridgestone (Japanese); Goodrich–merged with Uniroyal and moved out. The union first killed their own jobs, then killed themselves. Kasich is doing a terrific job and is Ohio’s last hope.
      Oh, and by the way–shrieking for the right to murder your unborn child up to the day of its birth is HARDLY something to be proud of!!!! You regard that as something good about society?! You poor thing.

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