OH-06: Can Charlie Wilson pull off a write-in campaign?

Check this out: http://www.cqpolitics.com/2006/02/oh_6_d emocrat_wilson_back_in_r.html

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.

Tags: 2006, Charlie Wilson, Chuck Blasdel, Election 2006, Elections, House 2006, OH-06, Ohio (all tags)

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Re: OH-06: Can Charlie Wilson pull off a write-in

this shouldnt be too hard. IF there was a well known, liberal, but not likely winner of a regular primary because of the nature of the district running, i would say this would be a difficult task. But the other people in this race are complete no names, so this shouldnt be too hard. WIll just cost a little extra money, which in the end probably wont make that much of a differance

by yomoma2424 2006-02-27 05:10PM | 0 recs
Re: OH-06: Can Charlie Wilson pull off a write-in

this actually might have a silver lining.  I bet all the snignature snafus got some free albeit negative free press.  But also a write-in campaign forces Wilson to spend more money on grassroots organizing.  He will have to do more door-knocking, more hanging out at grocery stores and the like to get the signatures.  That can't help but get him more attention for the general down the road.  

by DaveB 2006-02-27 06:45PM | 0 recs
Re: OH-06: Can Charlie Wilson pull off a write-in

I agree, like a primary, this is a great way to force the campaign to invest early on the ground. To date, the Wilson campaign seemed focused on fund raising and wouldn't even use the obligation of signatures as an excuse to organize. Note that the DCCC seems to be holding this against them by hanging the fundraiser out to dry for a campaign management mistake (as an aside, did Cuellar's Bob Doyle have a dime dropped on him by a wedding guest?). It will be interesting to see what lessons Wilson's campaign draws from the mistake.

by blogswarm 2006-02-27 07:12PM | 0 recs
I don't care
The notion that Wilson could win this election after failing to gather 50 signatures strikes me as laughable. He is clearly a terrible candidate. If you fuck up something that badly, how can we ever expect him to actually win the general? Teh obvious answer is that we can't, even in a landslide Democratic year.
by Chris Bowers 2006-02-28 09:29AM | 0 recs

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