Current Lieutenant Governor of Ohio under Governor Ted Strickland</li></ul>Beat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in Primary Election<br />
Lee Fisher<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VUf0kB6Ct0<br />
Ohio’s Background<br />Population – 11,542,645 in 2009<br /><ul><li>Ranked 7th in the country</li></ul>Unemployment 10.7% in May 2010<br />Largest Bioscience Center in the Midwest<br />Largest producer of plastic, rubber, fabricated metals, electrical equipment, and appliances in the country<br />
Ohio’s Background(continued)<br />Largest industry by employment is trade/transportation/utilities<br />Largest industry by Grosse Domestic Product is manufacturing/financial activities<br />84.7% White; 12.1% Black; 2.8% Hispanic; 1.6% Asian<br />(2009)<br />Median household income $48,011 (2008)<br />Bachelor’s Degree or + - 21.1% (2000)<br />High School Graduates - 83% (2000)<br />
Ohio’s Political History<br />Key swing state in past elections<br />Big and industrialized<br />Conservative and liberal population; a microcosm<br />Battleground with major influence<br />Winner usually takes Ohio; 2004 Presidential election<br />Control has oscillated between Democrats and Republicans<br />Balance in Ohio government<br />Blue Northeast, red Southwest<br />
Key Issues<br />Hurting economy<br />Jobs losses<br />Attacks on Portman (R) for his support of free trade as trade representative and budget director for George W. Bush<br />Counter attack on Fisher (D) for failing to bring in new jobs and stop jobs for going to other states as lieutenant governor and development director<br />Frustration with the establishment<br />“Washington is broken” – Fisher<br />
News Coverage<br />As of right now the media coverage for the senatorial race in Ohio has been pretty sparse.<br /> There hasn't been much coverage, mostly the focus seems to be on the gubernatorial race between Strickland and Kasich instead. <br />
Prevailing Topics<br />Possible shift of Ohio from blue to red. – Portman leading in the polls with a 55-35 lead. <br />Each candidate’s fundraising:Fisher: $4.9 millionPortman: $10.7 million<br />Some think that maybe its because Fisher is a Washington " outsider" and was never been "popular" with the Democratic party and there is questions on whether they will continue to fund his campaign. <br />Thoughts that voters are losing hope with the democrats and Obama administration as reason why republicans are fairing well in the polls. – “bad environment” for Democrats right now. <br />
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