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Wednesday, September 13

Cong OH-18: Republican Primary Voters Dazed and Confused

If this story in the Columbus Dispatch is any indication, rank-and-file Republican voters are all to seek about tomorrow's special primary election in the 18th Congressional District to replace disgraced incumbent Rep. Bob Ney (R-Heath) on the ballot. According to reporter James Nash, who interviewed voters in the towns of McArthur and Newark, "most said they were unaware there was a special election this week."

72-year-old Clyde Hall from McArthur is a regular voter but said he doesn’t have a clue who he’ll choose. "I feel less prepared for this election than any I’ve ever voted in. I just haven’t had a chance to get any information about the candidates."

"I don’t know who’s in the race or where any of them stand," said Tess Sexton, a registered Republican and local business owner in McArthur. "My opinion is that none of them gives a damn about anything other than themselves."

Financial analyst (and Ney's primary foe) James Brodbelt Harris (R-Zanesville) and County Commissioner Ray Feikert (R-Millersburg) call themselves Reagan Republicans and have attacked Ney's handpicked successor State Sen. Joy Padgett (R-Coschocton) (pictured) as too moderate. Harris has also lambasted her about defaulting on an SBA loan and filing for personal and business bankruptcy. Farmer and blogger Jerry Firman (R-Coschocton) is in the race as a citizen activist.

This exchange, reported in the article, is amazing:
Meeting voters in Newark, [Padgett] urged them to remember her as "the nice lady from Coshocton" and tried to win over skeptical Democrats. One such voter, retiree and veteran Gene Stevens, seemed like a hard sell.

"I grew up in a period when the working man made a decent wage and the Republicans have pushed it all into the ground," Stevens told Padgett. Undeterred, Padgett told him that if she wins Thursday’s primary, she’ll buy him a cup of coffee and try to win his vote.
So, Sen. Padgett, does that "buy you a cup of coffee" thing really work for you?


At 11:09 AM, Anonymous David said...

It's going to be interesting. They put together this primary so quickly and so late that several usual polling places weren't available, so people may show up at the wrong place. Also I wonder if having Republicans exposed to the new identification rules will effect the November election.


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