Former Governor Cancels Ads in Every Market Except Cleveland and Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, news broke that things "are so bad" for Ted Strickland that he has cancelled ads across Ohio with the exceptions of the Columbus and Cleveland media markets signifying that his low-energy, "invisible" campaign is falling apart. The cancellations occurred the same day as two new polls were released showing Rob ahead by as many as 18 points and after Roll Call reported that behind closed doors Democrats are conceding Strickland will lose the Ohio Senate race due to his "poor performance" and that "he is the worst Democratic candidate of the cycle."
As you will recall, earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC cancelled every penny worth of ads in Ohio on behalf of Strickland saying, "Democrats have lost confidence in former Gov. Ted Strickland’s ability to defeat Sen. Rob Portman" and that "Portman has been credited with running one of the best-organized ground operations in the country." Here is what they are saying:
Columbus Dispatch: Portman holds strong lead in poll as Strickland scales back TV buys
Youngstown Vindicator: It’s so bad for Strickland that he pulled his TV commercials from every market except Cleveland and Columbus... Without that much-needed outside money, Strickland is virtually invisible on the airwaves of Ohio.
NBC: In Ohio, incumbent GOP Sen. Rob Portman holds an 18-point lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland, 55 percent to 37 percent.
Emerson: In the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, incumbent Rob Portman has a commanding 17-point lead over former Governor Ted Strickland.
Cleveland.com: Both polls showed U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, holding a commanding lead over his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland. The Marist poll showed Portman leading Strickland by 18 points, 55 percent to 37 percent, while the Emerson poll showed Portman leading 47 percent to 30 percent.