OHIO | OH-gov

Taylor Poll Finds Her Tied With Husted for Second Behind DeWine

The Republican lieutenant governor is favoring Trump over Kasich.

Sept. 6, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

An Axis Research Inc. poll commissioned for Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s (R) campaign found state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) leading the Republican primary (Aug. 13-15; 602 Republican primary voters; +/-4.1%). DeWine scored 36%, while Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) and Taylor pulled 20% and 17%, respectively. Rep. Jim Renacci (R) took 8%. 63% said they might change their mind before election day. (Hotline reporting)

The same poll “found Trump with an 83 percent approval rating compared to Kasich’s 57 percent.”

In the meantime, Taylor has separated herself from Kasich, saying she plans to challenge the “status quo.”

“Taylor told activists last week “she thought Medicaid expansion was ‘not sustainable and it cannot be continued.’ Taylor, who until recently was also the state’s insurance director, told National Journal she shared her concerns about expansion with Kasich when he decided to sign on to the federal law’s subsidies and requirements.”

“Last week, Taylor visited a crisis care center for drug-exposed newborns, where she disclosed that her family is undergoing emotional-connection therapy as her two sons suffer from addiction. The same day, she told party activists … she wants to shut off heroin trafficking ‘at the border’ and ‘get the drug dealers off our streets.’” (National Journal)

“But when” state Rep. Bill Seitz (R) during a live Facebook forum Wednesday “asked where she came down in the public disputes between the president and the Ohio governor, she didn’t really answer.” (Columbus Dispatch)

ANOTHER INTER-PARTY SPAT. “Renacci and supporters of … Husted are escalating their digital battle. … A well-funded super-PAC created by Husted fans is up with a new web site — realrenacci.com — that bats back at Renacci-favored themes that Husted is ‘liberal’ and a ‘career politician.’ The web site created by Ohio Conservatives for a Change suggests Renacci … instead is the long-serving politician with an inclination to lean to the left.” (Columbus Dispatch)

SHARE YOUR DAY CARE. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) in “a significant online ad buy” is promising to provide “high quality pre-K to … four-year-olds.” (release)

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