WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the Ohio governor's race and the recent problems of Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald; and how he is trying to get his campaign back on track.
Is the ship sinking for Ohio Democrats in the governor’s race?
Democratic Party leaders insist that it is not, but there is no question that the ship has been taking on water at an alarming rate in the past few weeks.
And the fear among some Democrats is that if their candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald, sinks under the waves, he might take the Democrats’ down-ticket statewide candidates – for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor – down to the bottom of the deep blue sea with him.
An additional 11.2 mill tax levy for the Lockland Local School District went down to a resounding defeat in Tuesday’s election, while voters in the Lebanon City School district overwhelming passed a renewal tax levy.
In Mount Healthy, a renewal of a tax levy for fire and emergency medical service passed easily, with nearly 94 percent voting in favor of it. Voter turnout in Mount Healthy was about 6.5 percent.
In Lockland, nearly 64 percent of those who cast ballots voted “no” on the tax levy. The voter turnout in the Lockland District was about 15 percent.
Tuesday is an election day in Ohio, but relatively few voters in southwest Ohio will have anything to vote on.
The polls won’t be open in Butler and Clermont counties, because there are no issues on the ballot.
In Hamilton County, only voters in Mount Healthy and the Lockland Local School District will be going to the polls. In Lockland, voters will decide an additional 11.2 mill tax levy for the schools. In Mount Healthy, voters will be asked to approve the renewal of a five mill tax levy for fire and emergency medical services.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald trails incumbent Republican John Kasich by 12 percentage points and is still not well known to about two-third of Ohio voters, according to an independent poll released this morning.
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which polls voters in key states, has Kasich with 48 percent to FitzGerald’s 36 percent.
In May, Kasich led FitzGerald by 15 percentage points in the last Quinnipiac Poll.