An Ohio pro-family activist says the incumbent Republican senator from the Buckeye State is benefiting from having a very bad Democratic opponent.
A leading Democratic political action committee (PAC) has announced that it is canceling ad buys in the Ohio Senate race.
This is the second major group to do so, as Democrats increasingly appear to be losing hope of winning the key seat. The Senate Majority PAC has spent about $10 million in Ohio on behalf of former Democratic Governor Ted Strickland, who is challenging Republican incumbent Senator Rob Portman.
However, the group is now canceling large buys that were set to run during the second week of September. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the campaign arm of Senate Democrats – is reportedly also preparing to pull back on ad buys.
Polls show that Portman has an average lead of 7.5 percentage points in statewide polls.
Citizens for Community Values Action chairman Phil Burress says his PAC is fully aware that Portman is benefitting from the fact that Strickland is a terrible candidate.
"Ted Strickland was a horrible governor,” Burress insists. “He left [the state] in tremendous financial problems. And so the fact that Portman is winning is not because of Portman – this is just a message that Strickland is so bad."
Burress also maintains it is essential that the Republicans hold on to the Senate – regardless of who is elected president.
"The Senate takes its seat before the president does,” the conservative leader pointed out. “So if the Senate was to go to the Democrats, President Obama would have about 15 days to appoint the position to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would give them a five-vote majority. So it is very important that we keep the Senate."
Burress believes that some Ohio evangelicals will support Tom Connors – an independent pro-life, pro-natural marriage alternative.