There are just nine days left until the Nov. 6 election
and it’s been a long campaign season.
For many political folks, this election cycle has been the
longest in memory, effectively beginning more than a year ago when Republican
presidential hopefuls started their campaigns.
In Ohio, the filing deadline for partisan races was 11
months ago, with the filing deadline just weeks after the November election.
Many local campaigns kicked off shortly afterward.
Ohio has a reputation as a swing state and that is
reflected by the enormous amount of advertising — much of it negative —
conducted during the presidential campaign and the tight race for U.S. Senate
between incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown
, a Democrat, and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
With 18 electoral votes at stake, Ohio continues to be a
central focus for incumbent President Barack Obama
and Republican nominee
. We’ve seen more than five dozen visits from presidential
campaigns during this election cycle in Ohio.
That’s because both sides know how critical the state
could be for victory, especially since no GOP nominee has ever been elected
president without carrying Ohio. No Democrat has done so since 1960 when
There are only a handful of states considered by polls to
be a toss up — Ohio, Florida, Colorado,
Iowa, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin. Most other states are considered to lean
or be solidly in one candidate’s corner.
With that in mind, for months Ohio airwaves have been
flooded with commercials and continuous coverage by national talk shows and
news media that dissect every bit of the presidential campaign and that
includes the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.
This all continues even as many people have made up their
mind in Ohio because absentee voting by mail and in-person began Oct. 2. Nearly
two million voters in the state have already utilized this option, reports Ohio
Secretary of State Jon Husted
Many local candidates have concluded or will soon wrap up
their fundraising and now concentrate on using their remaining time and
resources to let people know just a little bit more about them with the hope
they’ll remember their name at the polls.
There’s been a lot of knocking on doors, parade marching,
phone calls, literature drops and candidate forums and debates.
That election season is slowly coming to a close and soon
it will be time to learn just how all that effort pays off.
J.C. Watts appearing in Mentor
Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts,
of Oklahoma, a former
college football quarterback and conservative Republican, speaks today in
Mentor with the Concerned Veterans for America bus tour titled, “We Can Do
The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Mentor
Civic Center Amphitheater as part of a 10-day East Coast bus tour of decorated
military veterans traveling through campaign “swing states” prior to Election
Day to generate awareness of the mounting challenges facing service members
returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans of all generations.
The bus tour, sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America
will allow veterans and voters in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Ohio and across the nation to hear directly from leaders in
the veterans’ community about critical issues.
Soup and crackers lunch with David M. Fiebig
candidate for Lake County commissioner, 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at Surfside
Towers Party Room in Eastlake.
For any Nov. 6 candidates who have earned endorsements
(not from The News-Herald), feel free to email them or fax them. Because of the
volume and space required to list them, these items will not be printed in this
column. Instead, they’ll be posted periodically until Nov. 2 on The
News-Herald’s Northern Ohio Politics Blog at
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column is each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Email or fax is preferred.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Barack Obama, J.C. Watts, Jon Husted, Josh Mandel, Mitt Romney, Ohio politics, presidential race, Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senate