Richard called my attention to this piece in today’s New York Times, which carries a New Albany, Ohio dateline. The reporter was in Ohio to report on the governor’s race between incumbent Ted Strickland and challenger John Kasich, and was here in New Albany because Governor Strickland came by to cut the ribbon on a new corporate technology center.
The article doesn’t really say much that is new, although it does cite a recent poll that shows Strickland with a slight lead. The race should be a close and interesting one. Although Kasich was a popular figure on cable TV news shows when he was in Congress, most people don’t watch those shows. I don’t think Kasich is well known in Ohio, particularly northern Ohio. Strickland is a moderate who has cut the state payroll, although Ohio still has about an $8 billion gap that it needs to close. Kasich’s investment banker background could hurt him if Democrats successfully paint him as an out-of-touch Wall Street scoundrel, but I think it is too early to say whether that effort will be successful.
The themes of this race have yet to fully emerge, and the economy will play a big role.