EVERYBODY should be checking out what’s happening in Ohio. They have developed a strategy for liberty groups across the state to have an ongoing dialogue about their presidential preferences – a dialogue that will continue until Ohio’s March 15 primary. If grassroot conservatives are split, they lose. If the grassroots unify, they will be able to beat whichever establishment candidate remains standing. Check out Ohio Conservatives United to learn more.
In my previous post (Rubio gets an OH ally), I described how the Ohio Republican Party demonstrated their clear intention to give 110% of their support to Gov. John Kasich. For Ohio conservatives, Kasich is the favorite of only 2-3%. Kasich has had four years to establish his conservative credentials, and I promise that his scores would be much higher if he had governed conservatively on the tough issues of the day. Instead after four years, we remain unimpressed. (And don’t be fooled by his large margin of victory last year. Democrats didn’t think they could win so they fielded a class C candidate and many voters stayed home or left the governor’s line blank.)
This will be a year-long conversation, but at the moment Ohio conservatives show a strong preference for [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]. Conversations are necessary because while Cruz is 15 points ahead of second-place Gov. Scott Walker, it’s also a fact that two-thirds of respondents picked somebody else as their number one pick. [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] and Dr. Ben Carson round up the top four which (if my math is right) make up 75% of the total vote.
Through the summer and through the debates in the fall, others will have to fight their way into the top tier of this survey. Or possibly an unforgivable gaffe will happen and one of the leaders will fall out. But at least today we have a baseline of support from voters in liberty groups all across the state of Ohio. This is a necessary conversation to have because unlike 2012, the winner of Ohio’s 2016 primary gets ALL of our Republican delegates.
*Results of this Ohio Conservatives United poll as well as its underlying philosophy were discussed this morning on the Tea Party Talk with Tom Z radio show/podcast here – http://teapartytalkwithtomz.com/watch_archive.php?id=728705272015.mp4.