And He’s Bad, Bad Sherrod Brown…
How are things looking in conservative Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s race to win the Senate seat now held by ultra-lib Sherrod (rhymes with Herod) Brown? Let’s start with a look at the money and advertising:
The campaigns of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, his GOP challenger Josh Mandel and their supporters spent $4.8 million on local [Cincinnati] TV ads this year through Aug. 1, according to an Enquirer analysis of ad contracts….The race is among the most expensive in the country….
Brown….has been saving much of his money for the end of the campaign….His campaign committee spent more than $500,000, all on ads scheduled to run the month before the election.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the second biggest spender in the race, bought $1 million in ads on behalf of Brown – again, all to run in October.
Meanwhile, Mandel has closed to within a percentage point of Brown statewide, according to the most recent Quinnipiac University poll. The incumbent led by 13 points in a Quinnipiac poll in February.
What this means is that Mandel needs reinforcements now, much like Richard Mourdock in neighboring state Indiana did leading up to his primary defeat of Senate incumbent Dick Lugar.
How is Brown so bad? I can’t sum it up any better than Third Base Politics does here:
Gas prices are on the rise again in Ohio, squeezing family budgets even tighter as the economy fights headwinds from D.C. in its attempt to recover. It’s time to take a hard look at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s long record of opposing energy policies that promote job creation and affordable energy across the country.
Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 18, 2012