OH-06: Can Charlie Wilson pull off a write-in campaign?
by Ament Stone of California, Mon Feb 27, 2006 at 05:02:46 PM EST
Ohio State Sen. Charlie Wilson, the leading Democratic candidate for Ohio's open 6th Congressional District being vacated by Rep. Ted Strickland (D) to run for Governor, fell 4 signatures short of what he needed to get on the May 2 Democratic primary ballot, but apparently has decided to pursue a write-in campaign. Given that he was by far the frontrunner for the nomination, and given how well-known his name is in the region, he could pull it off, as DC Mayor Anthony Williams did after a similar ballot screw-up in 2002.
If Wilson is able to win the primary as a write-in candidate, he will then appear on the November 7 general election ballot as the Democratic candidate, even though he didn't get the number of signatures to qualify for the primary ballot, a dumbheaded move for such a serious candidate.
Anyway, we'll know how his effort went on May 2. But for now, I am really hoping he can win this primary. He is popular in the district and polls indicated that he would probably win when matched up against Republican anointee Chuck Blasdel. But if he can't win the primary as a write-in, the contest goes from "leans Democratic" to "likely Republican". Very bad.
So let's hope that despite his ballot screw-up, he wins the nomination. It's certainly not far-fetched given his name recognition, and we need it to happen if we want to keep this seat.