Ellen Belcher, who is filling in for Emily McCord, interviews John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, about the results of Mitt Romney's tepid win in Ohio's primary.
Competitive congressional primaries are being decided around Ohio as a result of a revamped congressional map. Democratic voters must choose between longtime U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland in a newly drawn district that stretches across the Lake Erie shoreline. A four-way Democratic contest is also under way for a new Columbus district. Former congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy faces Ted Celeste, brother of former Gov. Dick Celeste; former state lawmaker Joyce Beatty; and Columbus city councilwoman Priscilla Tyson. In southwest Ohio, Republican U.S. Rep.
When it comes to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, the Republican Party itself appears fractured — especially in the critical swing state of Ohio. Super Tuesday voters are choosing among a field of GOP contenders who all support less regulation of the drilling technique. Yet some Republicans in Ohio are calling for greater oversight and new taxes on companies using it to harvest natural gas.
Several candidates vying for seats in the Ohio Legislature are hoping to tap into lingering voter anger over the state's now-rejected collective bargaining law. Contenders in Tuesday's primary contests include public workers who were against the union-limiting bill passed last spring by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Sixty-two percent of voters rejected the measure in November. One Republican candidate has used his opposition to the legislation to distinguish himself in a three-way contest that includes an incumbent state representative who voted for the bill.