OH-Sen 2010: Voinovich and Ryan Tied

Last week I noted that Ohio Republican Senator George Voinovich appears uniquely weak in his reelection hopes for next cycle. Although numbers today are not necessarily predictive of results five months out from an election day, let alone two years and five months, warning signs are warning signs, and when an incumbent is mired with a low approval rating that just isn't budging, it isn't a good omen for his hopes at another term. Likewise, when an incumbent is tied in head-to-head polling a cycle out, as is the case with Voinovich in the latest Public Policy Polling survey (.pdf), it doesn't instill too much confidence in that incumbent's standing with the electorate.

George Voinovich (R): 33 percent
Tim Ryan (D): 33 percent

George Voinovich (R): 37
Betty Sutton (D): 32

In the past I have written about Tim Ryan, a young Democratic Congressman who is a real up-and-comer within the party. Betty Sutton is also a member of the House representing the state of Ohio, one who also clearly would have a shot at knocking Voinovich off next cycle, though she, like Ryan, would have to build up her fundraising efforts to make the most of this opportunity (she has just over $250k in the bank at this juncture). But whether it's Ryan or Sutton or someone else, this will definitely be one of the big races to watch intently starting in about January or a little thereafter.

Tags: OH-Sen, Ohio, Senate 2010 (all tags)

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Re: OH-Sen 2010: Voinovich and Ryan Tied

Voinovich will be 74 in 2010.  He has to be thinking about retirement by now.

by KTinOhio 2008-06-18 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-Sen 2010: Voinovich and Ryan Tied

Which would be where Robert Portman comes in I suppose. That or challenging Gov. Strickland.

by Quinton 2008-06-19 01:40AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-Sen 2010: Voinovich and Ryan Tied

Doh. Above comment was supposed to be attached to KTOhio's regarding Voinovich's age and potential retirement.

by Quinton 2008-06-19 01:41AM | 0 recs

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