Monday, November 06, 2006
From Friday's Gongwer (sub. req'd)
Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering) didn’t express much confidence at maintaining Republicans’ 60-39 majority heading into election season. In a recent interview, he offered an even more sobering assessment.
“At this point in time we are more subject to the overall environment than I had hoped we would be,” he said.
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A net gain of 11 seats would give Democrats the majority in the House, an outcome considered highly unlikely this year despite what is seen as the most incumbent-unfriendly political atmosphere in years.
Most statewide Republican candidates are having trouble and it appears to be trickling down the ticket to GOP candidates for the Ohio House, particularly in borderline districts, Speaker Husted said. “In situations where our governor’s candidate trails by very large margins, its very difficult for our candidates to be successful.”
There are a relatively large number of close House races this year, he said. “If the overall environment improves by a couple of points, then I expect those races will break our way. And if the overall environment worsens then that’ll make it harder for us.” He declined to elaborate on additional factors are contributing to the tough “environment” for the GOP.