Can Ted Strickland Bring Ohio?

Bob Novak hears some buzz for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as Barack Obama's running mate: A footnote: Support is growing in Democratic ranks for Ohio ...
by | May 13, 2008
 

Bob Novak hears some buzz for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as Barack Obama's running mate:

A footnote: Support is growing in Democratic ranks for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as vice president. He would bring to the ticket maturity (he's 66), experience (six terms in Congress) and moderation (rated ''A'' by the National Rifle Association). He is very popular in Ohio, a state Republicans must carry to elect a president.

One quibble: I'm not sure Strickland is "very popular" in Ohio. Strickland was at 54% approval, 39% disapproval in an April SurveyUSA poll, the most recent one of which I know.

Of that 54%, many probably will vote Democratic for president no matter what and many others probably don't have a strong enough affinity for Strickland that his presence of the ticket would override their feelings about the presidential nominees. So it's not clear how much Strickland could help Obama.

Then again, John Kerry would have been elected president if he'd snatched away 1.06% of President Bush's vote in Ohio, so if Strickland could help Obama just a little, he might be helping the Illinois senator quite a lot.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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