OH-05: Gov. Strickland: "This Race Is Absolutely Winnable"
by Todd Beeton, Mon Dec 03, 2007 at 07:11:58 AM EST
Good to see the DCCC isn't waiting until next year to start going on offense in order to expand our majorities. Remarkably, in the OH-05 open seat race set for December 11, a district that Bush won with 61% in 2004, Democrats smell blood.
Swing State Project reports that the DCCC has purchased a $148,000 ad buy to support Democrat Robin Weirauch who won 43% last year in this R+10 district. This comes on the heels of Weirauch's reportedly raising $138,000 so far for this special election alone, including
$5,000 from Emily's List and $2,000 each from committees affiliated with Rep. Rahm Emmanual (D-IL), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Niles), and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Cleveland). She also recived funds from various Congressional leadership PACS, including $5,000 from Rep. Kaptur's PAC. Weirauch also got over $34,000 from union PACs.
While a poll that Weirauch's Republican opponent, Bob Latta, commissioned 3 weeks ago showed Latta ahead 50%-37%, the same poll showed a generic R beating a generic D by just 8%, indicating that voters are perhaps even more willing to vote Democratic this year than they were last when Weirauch lost by 14%. And in a glimpse into what may be driving the surge in institutional support for Weirauch in the closing days of the race, Governor Ted Strickland let us in on a little secret about Weirauch's internal polling at an appearance with her on Saturday (h/t Ohio Daily Blog):
Robin's pollster is the pollster that I have used since 1992. She's the best there is, I trust her explicitly. She does not sugarcoat the results and her results say that this race is absolutely winnable.
In this district that both Strickland and Sherrod Brown carried last year, Weirauch is sounding populist themes, promoting fair trade over trade deals that have sent jobs out of the district, demanding up front in her speech on Saturday that we "bring our troops home safe, honorably and soon" and has been vocal in her support of the Employee Free Choice Act. In other words, it's clear that on Dec. 11, even in this red district, we have the chance to add not only one more Democrat, but a better one to congress.
Help send Washington a new "Congresswoman by Christmas" by showing Weirauch some love over at ActBlue.