OH-Sen: George Voinovich Also Edging Towards Retirement?

Conservative Matt Lewis reports that we may need to add one more name to the list of purple state Republican Senators opting against reelection bids in 2010: George Voinovich.

... In other news, I am hearing rumors coming out of Ohio that Senator Voinovich is seriously considering making an announcement next week that he won't be running for re-election. According to my sources, Rob Portman would likely be the Republican to replace him. This also opens up the GOP gubernatorial nomination for former Republican Congressman John Kasich.

I have been saying for quite some time that Voinovich could be in for a rough time should he decide to try for another term in the Senate, and early polling indicated that either Congressman Tim Ryan or Congresswoman Betty Sutton has the potential to give Voinovich a run for his money. Perhaps, then, Voinovich is seeing the writing on the wall -- much like Mel Martinez of Florida and now Kit Bond of Missouri -- and moving into retirement.

Even if Voinovich doesn't retire, this could be an upper tier race. But with Voinovich out, Ohio becomes one of the premier races of the cycle, with a relatively deep bench for the Democrats to go up against a Rob Portman or a John Kasich on the Republican side. With Voinovich in, this race still probably leans Republican, though with him out it moves right into tossup status.

Update [2009-1-9 8:36:3 by Jonathan Singer]: More from The Columbus Dispatch, which ledes as follows: "Sen. George V. Voinovich reportedly is considering not seeking re-election in 2010, well-placed sources in the Republican Party tell The Dispatch."

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

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Re: OH-Sen: George Voinovich Also

With Voinovich out, it's the Democratic race to lose...  This Portman guy is nothing... He ran Bush's budget office, and if you don't think that can be used against him in Ohio, you better check into a hospital somewhere...

Kasich would be interesting for governor.  The wingnuts would certainly love him, and that might pull support from Strickland from Republicans.  They guy is passionate, that's for sure, but he's hardcore republican...  I don't know how that would play out.  Fortunately for us, Kasich is relatively unknown anymore... his best days are behind him.

Would like to see polling...

I've been guessing for some time that Voinovich would quit... he's never, ever had to face a tough election, and he's no spring chicken.  Time for him to retire, methinks!

by LordMike 2009-01-08 11:22PM | 0 recs
Got that right about Kasich

What's he been doing anyway? Hosting BillO's show one day a year while collecting wingnut welfare and transforming from "boyish" to "Norv Turnerish"?

by Dr Squid 2009-01-09 04:46AM | 0 recs
PD editor says Voinovich will probably retire

Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial page editor

by RandomNonviolence 2009-01-09 05:03AM | 0 recs
Towards Retirement?

Voinovich is one of the remaining four I think may retire.  The other three are Bunning, Grassley, and Specter (possibly forced in a primary).

by Vox Populi 2009-01-09 05:51AM | 0 recs
Better And Better

     The timing of these announcements is excellent for us. If Voinovich, and perhaps Grassley, joins Bond and Martinez in retirement, it will be clear going into candidate recruitment season that the Democrats will easily control the Senate in the 112th Congress, and have at least a 50-50 shot at 60 or more seats. Why would Gov. Hoeven of North Dakota, to cite one example, want to give up his job to become part of a hopeless Southern-dominated minority party in the Senate? I think that had to be part of Jeb Bush's thinking as well. Only members of the House, where the Republicans are similarly powerless, would have any incentive to run for the Senate, and they have a voting record which can be used against them.

by Ron Thompson 2009-01-09 05:55AM | 0 recs
Were gonna see a lot of Republicans House members

trying to run for governor in 2010.  Zach Wamp, Jim Gerlach, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Rogers, Tom Cole are all likely to leave to run for governor.  

by Kent 2009-01-09 06:51PM | 0 recs

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