COLUMBUS — The Democratic National Committee will hold its October presidential debate in Ohio — another indication that the Buckeye State is in play for 2020.
“We’re excited to partner with the DNC to bring the next sanctioned presidential debate to Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “As is happening across the nation, Democrats are energized, formerly Republican suburbs are trending blue and voters across the state are waking up to Donald Trump’s many broken promises. Those are some of the numerous reasons that the president’s approval numbers in Ohio have tumbled 20 points since he took office.”
A recent Quinnipiac poll had every single Democratic candidate they tested ahead or in a statistical tie with Trump in Ohio. In addition, the president’s approval rating was underwater — only 43 percent of Ohioans approve of his job performance, with 52 percent disapproving. He was deeply underwater with both independents and women.
The Morning Consult monthly tracking poll also shows Trump’s approval rating in the Buckeye State in negative territory. The poll shows Trump’s net approval rating in Ohio is now -6 after standing at +14 in January 2017.
“Donald Trump has broken one promise after another — from attacks on health care and farmers, to the tax scam, to zero progress on infrastructure — and those broken promises are hurting Ohioans from Lordstown to Cincinnati and cities, towns and communities in between,” said Pepper. “Ohioans are ready to hear from our Democratic candidates how they will help working people, not the millionaires and billionaires who benefited from the GOP tax scam.”
2018 was the most competitive Ohio mid-term since 2006, with record turnout, Sherrod Brown’s decisive re-election (by a greater margin than even 2012), two historic Democratic wins at the Ohio Supreme Court, the passage of redistricting reform to end gerrymandering, and the flipping of six suburban Statehouse seats from red to blue. (Due to gerrymandering, Democrats had not flipped a single district from red to blue all decade).
In the recent Quinnipiac poll, the Ohio Republicans tested fell below 45 percent in their approval ratings. Only Democrat Sherrod Brown topped 50 percent.