Plunderbund is reporting that a new Quinnipiac Ohio poll gives former Democratic
Gov. Ted Strickland a comfortable 48-39 percent lead over Republican Sen. Rob Portman in the 2016 race. Remembering that early polls can be as fickle as April weather, it is still interesting that Portman, once the rising GOP star and budget advisor to George W. Bush, is bringing up the rear. Among independents, Strickland leads 50-32!
Although the Cincinnatian spent a lot of time in 2012 tagging along with Mitt Romney in casual togs in the so-called Swing State, he didn't get the nod for veep - but as these things go, he did draw the attention of the Columbus Dispatch as potential (along with Gov. Kasich) presidential material.
Trouble is, the several newspapers enamored of Portman's blurry self-described "common sense conservatism" weren't able to project him beyond his current job. My hunch is that with the exception of the party apparatchiks looking to fill a seat on the dais, few folks in northern Ohio can pick him out of a crowd.