A week ago, Quinnipiac had the Ohio Governor’s race at 49% to 43% Kasich, and I don’t think anything of note has happened since then, so take this information as reliable, or don’t.
The Ohio Governor’s race is a dead heat with Republican John Kasich getting 47 percent of likely voters to 46 percent for Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
We’ll be phone banking here this afternoon, as planned, polls or no polls.
I will say this. National media calling this race over in August was yet another obstacle we had to overcome, locally. People don’t vote or volunteer when they’re told repeatedly that the race is over, so thanks for that, professional punditry.
If national political professionals are going to jump into governor’s races, I have a suggestion. They should acknowledge that state races are often volatile, and the numbers move a lot. Once they’re in, and pontificating on state races, they really have a duty to follow those changes daily, and update. If they don’t, they’re helping to decide the outcome. Either do the work properly or don’t weigh in.
That Kasich was a member of that same national media for the nine years that he was on the Fox News payroll is barely mentioned, which is inexplicable to me. He’s a step-brother at their sister network, Fox News. Maybe he’s the daddy. I’m not clear on these familial relationships, but I think it’s relevant and important that we’re potentially hiring a FOX News host-reporter-whatever as Governor of our state, and I don’t know why it wasn’t raised.
In Ohio, former Fox News host and contributor John Kasich is running for governor after spending nine years on Fox News, which paid him $265,000 in 2008. Despite his announced intention, Kasich continued to appear on-air as a Fox News contributor and host. Between March 28, 2008, and June 1, 2009, Kasich was a regular fixture on Fox News’ primetime programming, especially as a guest-host for cable’s top rated news show, The O’Reilly Factor. According to a Nexis search, Kasich guest-hosted or appeared as a guest on Fox News at least 123 times. Indeed, the day after the March 2008 Dispatch article, Kasich guest-hosted for O’Reilly.
During those appearances, Kasich regularly spoke about his own background and accomplishments, and the home of his potential voters, Ohio.
Hannity repeatedly referred to Kasich as “governor” and “soon-to-be governor,” and reportedly held a pricey fundraiser for him last October. Kasich received two $10,000 contributions from Fox-parent News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch and his wife, while News Corp. gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which helps elect candidates like Kasich.
On The O’Reilly Factor, while Kasich made a fundraising appeal, Fox News put the URL for Kasich’s website onscreen. Hannity, meanwhile, told Kasich on July 8, 2009: “You do me a favor. Go get elected governor, although why you would ever want that job, you’re out of your mind, but good luck. And I’m supporting you in the effort.”
Anyway, if you’re in Ohio, email this poll to your list, and ask them to vote.