The kind of fierce battle between GOP candidates that took place in Michigan might do far more harm to Republican chances of winning the White House in the fall if it plays out in Ohio. While Michigan is generally a state Republicans hope they can win, Ohio is a state they must win, The Washington Post
No Republican has ever won the White House without first winning Ohio and GOP officials worry that the focus on social issues that played out in Michigan between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will turn off independent voters. Some of the issues at play in Michigan will be replayed in Ohio.
“The number one thing is the auto bailout,” Eric Kearney, a Democrat from Cincinnati and minority leader in the Ohio Senate, told the Post. “Ohio is the second-largest auto producer in this country. We rely on that. It’s a substantial portion of our economy. The first thing Mitt Romney says, and he repeats it, is he is against the auto bailout. Those are Ohio jobs he’s talking about that he doesn’t want to retain. I don’t get what his strategy is.”
Santorum’s comments on contraception and church-state issues threaten his appeal to independents and moderates. “We need to move on to having a nominee, so we can speak with one voice out there and begin drawing that contrast with Obama,” Ed Goeas, a Republican pollster who worked for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., during her run for president, told the Post.
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