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Will Ohio governor race be bellwether for 2010 midterms?

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-11-03

The race: Ohio governor

Incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland (left) and Republican candidate John Kasich (right) have been spending near-record sums in their close race for Ohio governor.

The candidates: Ted Strickland (Democrat) vs. John Kasich (Republican)

The intrigue: As with many midterm contests this year, Ohio’s race for governor has been tinged with anti-incumbent sentiment. But should this bellwether state, where the contest between incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican candidate John Kasich is too close to call, inspire hope for embattled Democrats?

Republicans have burned massive sums in TV ads to tell voters that Strickland has not done enough to reduce unemployment in his state during his two terms as governor. Meanwhile, Democrats have spent tons to blame the sickly economy on Bush-era policies, reminding Ohioans that former congressman Kasich served as the House budget chairman and was a managing director at Lehman Brothers. This Ohio race promises to be brutally competitive up until the end.

The odds: Some polls see Kasich winning by a nose, but the candidates are dashing towards the November 2 finish line in a statistical dead heat. The election adage “as Ohio goes, so goes the nation” should give both Republicans and Democrats cause for concern.

Winner: Kasich

Photo of Ted Strickland courtesy of Ted Strickland facebook page.
Photo of John Kasich courtesy of
John Kasich facebook page.

Date created : 2010-10-24

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