Gov. Kasich has long complained about the so-called “headwinds from Washington,” but what was learned from last Tuesday’s elections is that more voters attribute those headwinds to Republican forces undermining the White House at every turn. The disapproval rating for Republicans and Tea Party have given hope to Democrats that they can retake the U.S. House next year.
While Ohio Republicans claim Gov. Kasich’s “responsible leadership” has put Ohio on the path to recovery, voters in the PPP poll have not showered their appreciation on the governor.
Adding to Gov. Kasich’s worries is the Libertarian candidate Charlie Earl, who could be a spoiler if he can play a role in next year’s elections. In a report from 10TV.com, Earl said he intends to be more than a spoiler. “I think we have a shot at winning. Is it a good one? No, but we have a shot because people are discouraged and disgruntled.”
With just three years under his belt as Ohio’s governor, he seems ready to put himself in the national limelight if he can win a second term as governor. PPP took a measure of Kasich’s chances for the White House in August and found he doesn’t fare well among the short list of Republican candidates. The controversial abortion restrictions Gov. Kasich signed into law this summer are not helping him, as only 34% of voters support them; 40% oppose.