Former Bushie Portman Trailing Bad in OH-Sen
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:37:14 AM EDT
If the Republicans are poised for major gains in 2010, shouldn't one of their top Senate recruits in the country be leading, or at least tied, rather than trailing badly in an open seat race they're defending?
Quinnipiac survey of 1,074 Ohio voters, September 10-13, margin of error +/- 3.0%
- Democrat Lee Fisher 42, Republican Rob Portman 31
- Democrat Jennifer Brunner 39, Republican Rob Portman 34
Rob Portman is the man the Republicans wanted to run for this seat. He's a former Congressman representing a more competitive portion of Ohio, and he has a huge campaign warchest of
close to $5 million more than $4 million (buoyed by money left over from his days in Congress). He also is closely tied into the Republican establishment, having served in not one but two high-ranking positions within the Bush administration. Yet he's trailing by a double-digit margin in a state carried by the GOP twice out of the past three presidential elections in a race opened up by the retirement of a Republican Senator? Please, someone again explain to me how this is shaping up to be a great cycle for the Republicans.