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Portman: 'If We Don't Win Ohio, It's Tough To See Us Winning The Election Nationally'
NBCNews ^ | October 27, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty

Posted on 10/27/2012 11:05:03 AM PDT by Steelfish

Portman: 'If We Don't Win Ohio, It's Tough To See Us Winning The Election Nationally' By NBC's Andrew Rafferty

FAIRVIEW PARK, OH -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the chairman of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign in the Buckeye State, said Friday that it would be tough for Romney to win the election without carrying Ohio.

"I'm feeling the pressure not just because I'm chairing the effort here in Ohio, but mostly because I feel the pressure for our country and what's going to happen over the next four years," Portman told NBC News on Friday while traveling between campaign stops for Romney. "If we don't win Ohio, it's tough to see us winning the election nationally. It's possible, but it's very difficult."

Paul Beck, Ohio State University professor, describes the importance of winning Ohio, a battleground with a large number of electoral votes. It's a diverse state with liberals and conservatives matching a cross section of the nation.

Most of the recent attention the Ohio senator has received has centered on the key role he played in Romney's debate preparation and how close he came to being chosen as the GOP vice presidential nominee. But before he took on any of those roles, he was tapped by Romney to lead the former Massachusetts governor's effort in the key battleground state.

"We're doing better in Cleveland, and Cincinnati and Columbus and Toledo where we have some of the numbers of the absentee and early voting, we're doing better than we expected we would," he told volunteers gathered at the Avon Lake Victory Center. "We're exceeding our targets."

(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 2012swingstates; oh2012; portman
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Actually, unless Romney increases his lead among "men" in OH, this is going to be near-impossible to win. Nationally, Romney has a lead of nearly 19 point among men but only 7-9 points among men in OH.

So Romney's win or lose will all come down to men and in particular men in OH.

I can think of a movie title "Men In Ohio" dressed in rabbit costumes if Romney loses OH.

1 posted on 10/27/2012 11:05:05 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

“”I’m feeling the pressure not just because I’m chairing the effort here in Ohio, but mostly because I feel the pressure for our country and what’s going to happen over the next four years,” Portman told NBC News on Friday while traveling between campaign stops for Romney.”


glad he feels this way...this is the difference between the GOP and the rats; the GOP takes personal responsibility...the rats??? its never their fault....


2 posted on 10/27/2012 11:08:51 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Steelfish

Romney will win OH.

https://tcjresearch.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/tcj-research-ohio-mitt-romney-50-barack-obama-47-1019-1021/

“TCJ Research is a Republican-backed, privately owned polling group that launched in 2010. We gained notoriety (unoffiicially) as the most accurate House pollster of the midterm, with our 7 House polls trending to the Republicans by a slim margin of 1.2 points, on average.”


3 posted on 10/27/2012 11:08:51 AM PDT by tatown (Obama was right, it was a 'one term proposition')
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To: Steelfish; LS

You might want to talk with FReeper LS who is a campaign volunteer in Ohio before you throw in the towel.


4 posted on 10/27/2012 11:09:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Steelfish

I am sick and tired of OHIO’s ‘self-importance’ in this election, esp one being voiced by this Portman guy. He not only upped the ante of this self-importance, but he gave much added ammunition to the opposition by highlighting what the MSM has been propagandizing all along - Romney can’t win without Ohio. This guy should be fired. Maybe that’s why it’s as close as it is.


5 posted on 10/27/2012 11:11:01 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Steelfish

Why do we have any Republican saying anything pessimistic about this election?


6 posted on 10/27/2012 11:12:20 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: Steelfish

So this will be the new media meme for the last week of the campaign.........”Forget the national polls, forget laughable claims that Romney can take states like Wisconsin, Michigan or Pennsylvania. Forget EVERYTHING except the Ohio polls”.

That’s fine. The people of Ohio will respond to this by going out in droves and voting for Romney. No way do they want to be blamed for the destruction of America.


8 posted on 10/27/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT by The Fop (Excuse me while I clean the saliva out of my racist dog whistle)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I have nothing against Portman, but I totally agree with you that he shouldn’t be giving soundbites to the evil MSM to run with for the next week.


9 posted on 10/27/2012 11:13:42 AM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: Steelfish

Still rooting for Obama, are we?


10 posted on 10/27/2012 11:14:17 AM PDT by map
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To: Common Sense 101

He did way “We’re exceeding out targets.”


11 posted on 10/27/2012 11:14:48 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Common Sense 101

He did say “We’re exceeding out targets.”


12 posted on 10/27/2012 11:14:58 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t care if you’re twenty points behind, you don’t make statements that breed negativity.

Portman should shut his pie-hole.

NOTHING but positivity Romney team.


13 posted on 10/27/2012 11:16:15 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Poor Obama. If he wins he'll inherit a terrible situation. /s ;^))
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To: Common Sense 101

Well he does have a point, but it’s stupid for him to say it. If Romney doesn’t win Ohio, I don’t see him winning the other states that Obama won that are now too close to call. But I’m confident that he WILL win Ohio and plenty of those other states.


14 posted on 10/27/2012 11:16:41 AM PDT by The Fop (Excuse me while I clean the saliva out of my racist dog whistle)
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To: Steelfish
Nationally, Romney has a lead of nearly 19 point among men but only 7-9 points among men in OH.

Based on what?

Notice the part where they said they are overperforming in the absentee vote? How would that be possible if they are underperforming among white men?

If Romney continues to negate Obama's 2008 advantage in absentee voting (and as of last night, he has gained about 250,000 votes over the 2008 margin), then he will carry the state with ease.

One other point which is consistently missed in the MSM and in polling - GOP candidates have always matched or exceeded their share of the national popular vote in Ohio, win or lose. If he is above 50% nationally, he will be win 50% or better here. Ohio naturally votes a point or two to the right of the rest of the country, and the drain in Democrat registrations (down over 400,000 since 2008) and population (Cuyahoga County is down over 5% since 2008) will only enhance that advantage.

Will it be close? Yes, but I still think Romney wins 51-49, and thus the election.

15 posted on 10/27/2012 11:17:36 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Defend Freedom / Defeat Obama)
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To: Never on my watch
Why do we have any Republican saying anything pessimistic about this election?

Only to get Ohio Romney leaners voters to make sure they vote.

Strategy.

17 posted on 10/27/2012 11:18:16 AM PDT by what's up
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Actually, unless Romney increases his lead among "men" in OH, this is going to be near-impossible to win. Nationally, Romney has a lead of nearly 19 point among men but only 7-9 points among men in OH.

or in other words, public opinion polls by the state-run liberal media are dramatically over-sampling black males in Ohio.

18 posted on 10/27/2012 11:21:05 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: Steelfish
Actually, unless Romney increases his lead among "men" in OH, this is going to be near-impossible to win. Nationally, Romney has a lead of nearly 19 point among men but only 7-9 points among men in OH.

or in other words, public opinion polls by the state-run liberal media are dramatically over-sampling black males in Ohio.

19 posted on 10/27/2012 11:21:05 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: LibFreeUSA

Wouldn’t a win in Pennsylvania be just as good as one in Ohio?


20 posted on 10/27/2012 11:22:13 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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