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Government and Politics

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
FitzGerald says: 'What does Virginia know?'

FitzGerald insists he isn't giving up, just streamlining and focusing on face-to-face campaigning.
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The University of Virginia’s Crystal Ball is the latest political prognosticator to declare Ohio’s governor’s race is virtually over. It’s putting incumbent Gov. John Kasich in the “safe” category.

The report says the already long-shot hopes for Democrat Ed FitzGerald have grown longer since reports surfaced that FitzGerald was found parked with a woman in his car at 4:30 in the morning two years ago. Then came revelations that he had not had a regular driver’s license for nearly a decade.

The editor of the Crystal Ball, Kyle Kondik, says FitzGerald’s problems have scared national Democrats away.

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“What the recent stories do is they sort of confirm this belief amongst ng many, that he just really wasn’t a viable candidiate. If they’re going to try to win some Republican-held governor’s races this year, they have many other targets where they could spend their money.”

But FitzGerald – who was stumping the Stark County Fair shortly after Crystal Ball issued its prediction -- insists he’s speaking to far more important issues like jobs and education.

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“That’s how you win elections. You talk about issues that people actually care about. And I don’t know what some guy from Virginia cares about, but for people who actually live here, those are the issues that actually matter to them.”

Crystal Ball says a strong showing by Kasich in November could also boost his presidential hopes for 2016.

Listener Comments:

How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be female. Kasich has never been in that position? That would be weird, if true.

Posted by: rayy (Akron) on August 29, 2014 7:08AM
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