Tomorrow Americans across the land will vote in Super Tuesday primary elections. Ohio — the prototypical swing state — is once again ready to swing.
The latest polls show that the race between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in the Ohio Republican presidential primary is too close to call. The polls indicate that Romney has made up a fair amount of ground over the past few days and is doing well with late-deciding voters. There also are indications that Ohioans are not exactly straining at the leash to address “social issues” and would rather that the focus remain on the economy.
I’m not surprised by any of these results. Although Ohio has some folks at the extreme ends of the political spectrum, in my experience most Ohioans are middle-of-the-road, pragmatic people. They don’t seek out conflict. They are fully capable of having a political conversation with a friend or co-worker who has a different political viewpoint without seeing the discussion devolve into name-calling or cheap shots. Ohioans largely keep to themselves and expect their neighbors to do likewise. And, if they think there is a problem, they just want to fix it, without paying too much attention to who gets the credit.
This year, Ohioans know all too well that the economy has been poor, and they are interested in seeing how that problem can be fixed. I expect that tomorrow’s results will give the country a pretty good idea of which Republican candidate middle America thinks is best suited to that job.