Ed FitzGerald

Michael Keating

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about Sen. Rand Paul stumping in Cincinnati; and Democrat Ed Fitzgerald's chances to defeat Republican incumbent John Kasich in the Ohio governor's race.

Should supporters of Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, be dancing in the streets over an independent poll released last week, that had Kasich with a 15 percentage point lead over Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.

Or should they, as Ohio Democrats believe, hold off on their “happy dance,” with over five months left before election day?

It depends on how seriously you take polls in election campaigns. It depends on how much you believe in the power of money in politics.

Monday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center, in front of the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will deliver his fourth State of the State address.

He is sincerely hoping it won’t be his last.

Unlike his previous State of the State messages, which Kasich has taken out of the Statehouse in Columbus and turned them into a traveling road show, this one will be in his re-election year.

This will be the year when the Republican governor, will be running for re-election to a second term.

Michael E. Keating

Now that Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has decided not to run for Ohio Governor, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about what happened:

Tana Weingartner

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has given up plans to challenge Ed FitzGerald in a Democratic  primary race for Ohio Governor.

Portune's decision came only five days before the Wednesday filing deadline for statewide candidates. After crisscrossing the state since early December trying to drum up support, in the end he could not muster enough support or overcome the opposition of the Ohio Democratic Party, which has endorsed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive.

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