DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Political heavyweights are doing whatever they can to impact the Ohio governor’s race, a sign of the state’s importance on the national stage. Republican Mike DeWine campaigned with President Trump in Cleveland Monday; Democrat Richard Cordray’s “Get Out the Vote” tour stopped in Dayton.
The race for governor is listed as the 4th-closest in the country according to election forecasters at fivethirtyeight.com. With so much at stake, both parties are calling in the heaviest hitters they can find.
Mike DeWine says, “My wife Fran and I, John Husted and Tina, we will continue to work until the polls close at 7:30 tomorrow night.”
Mark Owens, the chair of the Montgomery County Democrats, says, “You can’t take the polls for granted, it’s all about who you get out to vote. I think they’re encouraging, but we certainly don’t take them for granted.”
Two new polls released just in the past few days show Richard Cordray pulling slightly ahead, but neither side is taking anything for granted as election day looms.
Owens says, “Two years ago Donald Trump won by eight points in Ohio, and the fact that we are close or maybe even slightly ahead in some of the polls shows a big difference in the attitude of Ohio voters.”
President Trump again flew to Ohio Monday to stump for Mike DeWine, an indication of how much Republicans value Ohio; the President has made several stops here in recent weeks, as has Vice President Mike Pence. The President says, “Tomorrow the people of Ohio are going to elect Mike DeWine and a republican congress.”
Democrats have their own slate of VIPs who are trying to use their star power to sway any last undecided voters; former President Obama, former Vice President Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Grammy-winner and Springfield native John Legend.
Owens says, “They see it as important for what happens in Ohio and what happens nationally.”