Romney’s biggest problem in Ohio is that not only is Obama leading in the polls, but he has slightly more support from Republicans than Romney does from Democrats. One such Republican, a 70-year-old retired store owner, says he has voted Republican for almost all of his life, but not this year.
Wayne Butterfass told the Columbus Dispatch in an email, “All you have to do is look at the Republican platform. I’ve never seen such HATE this year in the Republican Party, national or state.”
The Columbus Dispatch printed part of Mr. Butterfass’ email, “Obama was handed an economy on the skids, after eight years of Bush. All he ever did was think about war. I’m afraid Romney will do the same, especially the trickle-down theory.” He continued, “I don’t know why any woman or gay would ever vote for Romney. All you have to do is look at the Republican platform. I’ve never seen such HATE this year in the Republican Party, national or state.”
Not only is Ohio leaning Obama right now, but Ohioans think Vice President Joe Biden is more qualified for his job than Paul Ryan would be for the same job by 8 points.
Obama is leading Romney by 9 points in Ohio according to a new Dispatch poll, and early balloting starts in two days.
Wayne Butterfass is not alone is his disgust with his former party. According to Stan Greenberg, the Republican Party has lost 5 points in voter identification over the past month. He writes, “Contempt for the Republicans is pushing Democrats into the lead, not only in the presidential race but across Senate and likely many House races as well.”
Interestingly, a month ago Ohio was an even race. Today, it’s a plus 9 for Obama, suggesting that the Republican National Convention, the Ryan pick, and the 47% comments have damaged Romney in Ohio, along with his tone deaf “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” editorial.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Sarah has won two Telly Awards and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.