The habitual presidential swing state of Ohio has gotten quite a bit of attention leading up to the 2010 mid-term elections. President Obama and other heavy White House players such as Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have been brought in to the state to help stave off a republican landslide-with the goal being that more democrats in the state will make it easier for President Obama to win re-election in 2012.
But will Ohio really be this pivotal?
A number of swing states will also attract a good deal of attention during the 2012 presidential election. The major swing states for the 2008 presidential election included Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. Other so-called purple state include Colorado, Arkansas, West Virginia and Nevada. However, one of the biggest political shifts in the nation could be occurring in Wisconsin.
Only a couple weeks ago vice president Joe Biden made a trip to Wisconsin in which he jokingly prodded a crowd of unenthusiastic Wisconsinites for being dull. As it stands, traditionally democratic Wisconsin is leaning republican. If both Wisconsin and Minnesota go republican in 2012, that will be the same as losing one Ohio.
Keeping Wisconsin a blue state will an important part of President Obama’s 2012 re-election strategy, nonetheless, it appears that the state may soon have a republican governor and long time democratic senator Russ Feingold may be unseated. Not since 1938 have republicans won the governor’s house and a senate seat in the same election.
Incredulously, President Obama’s popularity in the dairy state has dropped faster there than in many other parts of the country, his approval among likely voters has been reported to be 37%.
This is troubling as Wisconsin has consistently voted for a democratic nominee in the last six presidential elections. Consider a reliable blue state, democrats may have to work hard in 2012 to keep Wisconsin in the democrat’s column.