Hard to imagine that back in May this was a tight race. Columbus Dispatch is out with a new poll in Ohio that finds Governor John Kasich (R) is headed for a landslide victory over flawed challenger Ed FitzGerald (D) by 28 points, 62% to 34%. A major political ass kicking that might drag other Democrats down in the state and lower turnout in blue areas thanks to FitzGerald’s shortcomings.
More from Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich appears headed toward an epic victory on Tuesday that’s been achieved only one other time in the past 188 years of Ohio elections, the final 2014 Dispatch Poll shows.
Kasich is thumping challenger Ed FitzGerald by 28 points, 62 percent to 34 percent.
The Republican governor is leading the way to an apparent GOP sweep of all statewide offices, although Treasurer Josh Mandel is ahead of state Rep. Connie Pillich, D-Cincinnati, by only 6 points, 53 percent to 47 percent.
Next to Gov. George V. Voinovich’s 47-point re-election victory in 1994 over state Sen. Rob Burch, the Kasich margin could be the biggest since Allen Trimble of the National Republican Party won by a whopping 79 points in 1826.
The prospective GOP sweep — which would be the fifth in the past six statewide elections — includes both Supreme Court seats, which do not include party labels on the ballot. Kasich and other Republicans — as well as outside groups running ads — have heavily touted Justice Judith L. French in recent days. She is being challenged by Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell, a Democrat who shares a last name with but is not related to a current justice.