One issue that will weigh in on Ohio voter's minds this election season is jobs. Ohio has lost an enormous amount of jobs to outsourcing and the two Senate candidates, Mike DeWine and Sherrod Brown have very differing views of free trade:
Akron businessman John Johnston might have had enough. Six years ago, the registered Republican, who is involved with two separate steel distribution and processing ventures, voted for Sen. Mike DeWine.
This time, Johnston is leaning toward voting for DeWine’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown of Avon. If so, the switch will result mainly from Brown’s vocal criticism of a series of freetrade agreements approved by Congress and supported by DeWine.
"A lot of the products that used to be made here now are made overseas," Johnston said. "Nobody is against trade. It’s all about what is fair.
"Pretty much everybody we compete against is subsidized in one form or another, especially with what you see in China," Johnston said, adding he thinks China and other countries also gain an advantage through currency manipulation. "It is about jobs. Where (Brown’s) trade policies stand is where this country needs to go for the future."
Blackwell has finally done one thing somewhat right. He has removed some of his duties over seeing elections here in Ohio:
In his push to become the next governor of Ohio, Ken Blackwell has handed some of his secretary of state duties over to his chief deputy.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb has been directing county election boards and breaking tie votes among county officials.
Blackwell's spokesman says the Republican nominee for governor is permitted by law to hand off those duties and is still responsible for every decision made by his office.
The president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials says Blackwell's leadership is especially needed this year because of changes to state election law.