October 10, 2005


Blackwell grabs early lead, but 40% undecided (Darrel Rowland, October 09, 2005, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH)

Seven months before Ohio’s 2006 primary election, [Secretary of State J. Kenneth ] Blackwell has dashed to the head of the pack in the first Dispatch Poll for a campaign expected to draw national attention. He has opened a 14-point lead over Attorney General Jim Petro, who in turn tops Auditor Betty D. Montgomery by 2 points among Republican poll respondents.

U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland holds a 3-point margin over Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman among the Democrats polled. Former state Rep. Bryan Flannery is far behind.

The mail survey’s margin of error for both intraparty matchups is 4.5 percentage points.

Blackwell also holds a narrow lead when voters of all stripes are asked to choose among the six major candidates. However, the top five finishers all fall within 5 points of one another — and the total for each is dwarfed by the 40 percent of poll participants who say they are undecided.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2005 9:11 AM

The moonbat left pretty much clinched the nomination for Blackwell with their conduct in last year's election. The Zogby poll released last week showing Blackwell running strongly against either Strickland or Coleman probably doesn't hurt, either.

Either way, no thanks to Mr. Taft, the Ohio GOP seems to have more life left in it than our friends in the MSM would have you believe.

Posted by: AC at October 10, 2005 10:33 AM

Blackwell, Swann, and Michael Steele. Imagine the reaction of the media and the Democrats when Bush meets them on stage for a joint appearance in Sept. 2006. And all 3 of them might well win (with Swann's race probably the toughest, although Ed Rendell has embarrassed himself over the past several months, and he has a nutcase for a Lt. Governor).

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 10, 2005 11:29 AM

Blackwell probably needs to run a recent access check on his credit report, even though he's not running for U.S. Senate.

Posted by: John at October 10, 2005 3:36 PM

Jim Hamlen:
Keith Butler's campaign for US Senate is slowly gaining some momentum here in Michigan. I hope to see "W" campaign for him come next fall.


Posted by: Dave W. at October 11, 2005 9:18 AM


I forgot about him. Have Grenholm's problems (high taxes & low growth) affected Stabenow?

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 11, 2005 10:24 AM