Labor Day Surge for Republicans in Bellwether Ohio

Voters in Ohio are angry. Unemployment is 9th worst in the nation and has hovered over 10% all year.

Labor argues that in this 2010 midterm election the anger is best directed at the Bush administration for what the left calls "failed GOP policies of the past." Polls in Ohio and nationwide however suggest the anger is being aimed at Democrats.

The governorship of Ohio is a highly prized political office and both parties pour millions into controlling it - particularly in advance of presidential campaigns.

Incumbent governors routinely have their states strongest political machines and that is the case with Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland.

However Strickland trails GOP challenger and former congressman John Kasich by 12 points in the latest Columbus Dispatch poll conducted just before Labor Day by mail.

Pre-Labor Day polls are fickle but snail-mail polls take time and effort and tend to be taken by serious voters.

Strickland has a formidable Ohio machine, and he is aggressively working on early voting to bank as many ballots in advance as his best hope of survival.

But the Dispatch Poll indicates by a 3-1 margin, GOP voters are more motivated than Democrats.Strickland's current lieutenant governor, Lee Fisher is leaving the statehouse to seek the U.S. Senate, but Fisher trails by 13 percent behind popular former congressman and Bush administration official Rob Portman.

Several incumbent House Democrats are also in trouble. In the Buckeye State's first congressional district (Cincinnati), Democratic freshman Steve Driehaus is in a rematch against former Republican Congressman Steve Chabot. Driehaus beat Chabot in 2008. Before that Chabot, who won the seat in the 1994 GOP revolution, had held it for 14 years. Chabot is now favored to return to D.C. and pickup the seat for the GOP.

In Ohio's 15th congressional district (Columbus) freshman Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy is also facing a rematch and in trouble. Republican state Senator Steve Stivers, a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio National Guard, served a tour of duty in Iraq prior to 2005. In 2008 Stivers won the GOP nomination but lost, this time he's favored.

In the 16th district (Canton) incumbent Democrat John Boccieri is also in trouble, facing Republican businessman and former Wadsworth mayor Jim Renacci.

All three House Democrats are under fire for their votes on health care reform, financial regulation, stimulus spending and the Obama agenda. Labor may want voters to blame the Bush administration for what it DID...but polls say voters are unhappy about what the Obama administration is DOING.

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