Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is essentially tied with Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald in a head-to-head matchup, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
The poll found Kasich, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, leading FitzGerald 45 percent to 44 percent with 11 percent saying they are unsure.
The poll’s findings are welcome news for Fitzgerald. A Quinnipiac poll taken two months earlier found Kasich leading FitzGerald, 50 percent to 35 percent.
I got a call from FitzGerald’s campaign on Friday or Saturday of last week, but I haven’t called back yet. The general sense of people here is the economy is better and that’s why the incumbent will be hard to beat. I have no idea why a better economy would benefit John Kasich and not also benefit national Democrats running in Ohio, so I don’t know. Benefits Kasich but also benefits Congressional Democrats running in Ohio?
As I believe you know because I rant about incessantly, I think the state races are really important. A lot of the stuff that is important to people happens at the state level- public education, most criminal law, consumer regulatory protections, taxes and priorities on funding, election law and voter protection, privatization of public services and worker protections (whether those protections are regulatory or through collective bargaining).
Here’s the poll
Feel free to discuss elections in your state.