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Election Day 2010: Which Way will Ohio “Swing?”

November 2, 2010

Columbus, OH - It's Election Day 2010 and voters will make some very important choices regarding who will lead Ohio the next few years. Comments from Daniel Coffey, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, University of Akron and Andrew Lucker, associate director for the Center for Policy Studies, Case Western Reserve University.

There could be a lot of swinging in "swing state" Ohio. As Ohioans cast their ballots today (TUESDAY), experts say they'll be deciding the direction the state will head over the next few years. Among the choices for voters: Governor, Secretary of State, Supreme Court Chief Justice, and a U.S. Senator. Assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, Daniel Coffey says the battle over control of the state legislature is especially significant because congressional and local legislative districts will be redrawn this year after the census.

"Ohio may drop from 18 districts to 16 so whoever controls the statehouse will control essentially that redistricting process for the Ohio U.S. House Districts."

Currently, Democrats control the House 53-46. Meanwhile, Coffey says the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican John Kasich has been the most closely watched. According to a survey released late Monday by Quinnipiac University, the race is still in a dead heat, with Kasich holding a slight lead over Strickland.

Associate director for the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, Andrew Lucker says Ohioans should keep in mind that whoever they elect for state and local office will have to make some difficult choices.

"Ohio is facing a budget deficit of around $8 billion dollars and there's going to have to be a lot of important decisions made around that issue and that obviously is also going to affect local governments as well"

Lucker says Ohio gets a lot of attention for its "swing state" status and the outcome of this year's election could be a signal of how things will go in the 2012 Presidential election.

"It's a very diverse state in population and types of regions and nationally tends to get looked at as harbinger of how the overall electorate is feeling."

There could be a lot of swinging in "swing state" Ohio. As Ohioans cast their ballots today (TUESDAY), experts say they'll be deciding the direction the state will head over the next few years. Mary Schuermann reporting.

over Strickland.

Coffey is at 330-972-7983 and Lucker is at 216-368-2424.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH