Tuesday, November 24, 2015

14,000 rally for Trump in Columbus, Ohio. Failed Romney Ohio operatives still hanging around for no reason like Chair Borges


Above, 11/23/15, "A look at the crowd of 14,000 during Monday's rally(Photo: AP Photo/Paul Vernon)," Columbus, Ohio


Above, 11/23/15, "Supporters vie for autographs from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he spoke at a campaign rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Nov. 23, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Getty Images)"


11/23/15,  Above, 11/23/15, Thousands rally for Donald Trump in Columbus, Ohio, Fox8.com, Cleveland, Ohio. via Jenna Johnson twitter

11/23/15, Image caption: "Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands and signs autographs with his supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on November 23, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Trump spoke about immigration and Obamacare, among other topics, to around 14,000 supporters at the event." getty images   

11/21/15, "Trump's Monday rally in Columbus a sell-out," Columbus Dispatch, Randy Ludlow

"The real estate tycoon seeking the Republican presidential nomination released an unknown number of free tickets to the event through the Eventbrite web portal last Monday.

The last of the tickets were claimed by Friday evening, with Eventbrite reporting it is sold out.

The Trump campaign has booked enough room at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for its 7 p.m. event to hold more than 15,000 people."....


Romney was a dud in Ohio:

9/25/2012, "Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win," Charles Babington,Kasie Hunt, Vandalia, Ohio

...He (Romney) is having trouble connecting with middle-class Ohioans."...


GOP E not happy that peasants think they should decide their own candidate:

"A PAC supporting Kasich joined in, flying a plane around the convention center with a banner reading: "Ohioans can't trust Trump.""

"“I do think what we have going on here is really just the Republican political establishment — they’ve decided that it’s time to take aim at Trump. And it’s no surprise to me that it’s through John Kasich’s super-PAC.”"...
 11/23/15, "Trump backs off Kasich attacks in Ohio," Cincinnati Enquirer, Chrissie Thompson, Jessica Balmert

"The crowd of cheering Republicans who greeted Trump on Monday calls into question Kasich's insistence that only more measured ideas and experienced leadership can galvanize Ohio voters....

'Speaks everything that we think'

The thousands who streamed in to see Trump included Ohioans who said they like Kasich, but question whether he has what it takes to become president. And Trump does, they said.

"I see some strengths in Kasich personally," said Greg Brown of Williamsburg, in Clermont County. "But he doesn't seem to be factoring in right now to the top spot. And a lot of Ohioans are upset with him."...

"He's an American. He speaks everything that we think," said Sharon Smith of Granville, in central Ohio.

And Trump's more incendiary remarks and factual errors don't bother her, she said.

"He's a human being," Smith said."...


GOP E using Kasich and others to stop Trump:

11/21/15, "Kasich after Trump, but to what end?" Columbus Dispatch, Darrell Rowland

"John Kasich has gone and smacked Donald Trump in the face. How’s that likely to work out for the Ohio governor’s long-shot challenge for the GOP presidential nomination?...

It’s going to take enormously more than Kasich’s limited ad campaign to bring Trump low,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “I suppose that Kasich sees he has little to lose, given his current support levels."...

[Ed. note: In Kasich's home state of Ohio Trump has double the support: Trump 26.9, Carson 21.8, Kasich 12.5, Bush 5.6. Oct. 2015 poll]

(continuing): "Lara Brown, program director of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, said the dispute is larger than just Kasich vs. Trump.

“I do think what we have going on here is really just the Republican political establishment — they’ve decided that it’s time to take aim at Trump. And it’s no surprise to me that it’s through John Kasich’s super-PAC,” she said....

I don’t know that any kind of that effort to undermine him will really work, because people who support him support him for what he stands for, not what he says,” Brown said."...


In Oct. 2015 poll, Trump doubles Kasich in Ohio among likely Republican voters. Trump at 26.9, Kasich at 12.5, Ohio poll sponsored by Bowling Green University: 

Trump 26.9
Carson 21.8
Kasich 12.5
Bush 5.6
Fiorina 5.6

Poll dates 10/15-10/17, 2015. Splits of 804 likely Ohio voters: 38D, 31R, 31Ind (approx, 249 R). 3.5 error margin

10/21/15, "BGSU poll: Trump, Clinton lead in Ohio," Toledo Blade, Tom Troy, Blade politics writer

"The first BGSU Poll had the real estate billionaire leading 14 other Republicans with 26.9 percent of the vote among likely Ohio voters....

Political science professor Melissa Miller...commissioned the poll with political science colleague David Jackson and the university’s office of communications....

Against former Secretary of State Clinton, Mr. Trump trails 45.9 percent to 34.8 percent....Mrs. Clinton defeats Dr. Carson 44.7 percent to 35.2 percent and Mr. Bush 47 percent to 30.5 percent. The poll didn’t ask how Mr. Kasich would do against Mrs. Clinton....

Mr. Trump’s low standing next to Mrs. Clinton could be improved in a political campaign in Ohio, said Ms. Miller. She said Mrs. Clinton already has a base of support, having won the state’s presidential primary in 2008....

Zogby Analytics interviewed 804 likely voters by email. Of those, 38 percent identified as Democrats, 31 percent as Republicans, and 31 percent as independents. The margin of error was 3.5 percent. The survey was done last Thursday through Saturday [Oct. 15-17]....

For the Republican nomination, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson came in second after Mr. Trump with 21.8 percent. Next in line was Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 12.5 percent. After Mr. Kasich in the BGSU Poll was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former corporate executive Carly Fiorina tied at 5.6 percent.

The BGSU Poll’s findings are in line with a poll released two weeks ago by Quinnipiac University. In that survey, Mr. Kasich stood at 13 percent, against 23 percent for Mr. Trump and 18 percent for Dr. Carson."...

[Ed. note: But they're not in line with recent Quinnipiac poll on Trump v Clinton matchup. Clinton only ahead by +1, 43 to 42, 9/25-10/5/15.]

(continuing): "This is BGSU’s first foray into political polling. Ms. Miller said she and Mr. Jackson have wanted to do a poll because Wood County is a swing county in Ohio and gets a lot of media and advertising attention during the presidential campaign.

She said Wood County’s record of voting for the winning presidential candidate is second longest in the state, after Ottawa County. Wood County last supported the losing presidential candidate in 1976, while Ottawa County last voted for the losing candidate in 1960.

The poll cost $9,500, according to Jennifer Sobolewski, communications manager. She said the university’s interest in the poll is to raise BGSU’s visibility.

The survey was conducted by Zogby Analytics using online responses. Mr. Jackson said Zogby has a huge trove of email addresses and he said the email-based poll is just as scientific as the standard procedure of a random telephone poll....

Ms. Miller said Mr. Kasich’s political standing in Ohio reflects the fact that he is not campaigning here, but is focusing his political resources on New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary election in February....

Even Senator Sanders, an avowed socialist, leads all the major Republican contenders, with 42.4 percent against Mr. Trump’s 34.4 percent; 40.7 percent against Dr. Carson’s 33.3 percent, and with 42.9 percent against Mr. Bush’s 29.5 percent. In all those scenarios about a quarter of the likely voters were undecided."...


Comment: "Ms. Miller said Mr. Kasich’s political standing in Ohio reflects the fact that he is not campaigning here, but is focusing his political resources on New Hampshire.

Despite Kasich's heavy investment in New Hampshire, he's among those still seeking traction there, per Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm Poll published 10/21:

Trump 24
Carson 17
Bush 10
Rubio 8
Fiorina 7
Kasich 7
Christie 5
Cruz 4
Paul 4
Huckabee 1
Graham 1
Santorum 1

Poll dates, Oct. 15-18

"Kasich has also invested heavily in New Hampshire, making roughly a dozen trips to the state since declaring his candidacy in July. In the past month, the super-PAC backing him, New Day for America, has run 144 spots in the state's television markets, according to data compiled by Kantar Media's CMAG."...

10/21/15, "Ad Blitz Fails to Lift Jeb Bush's Numbers in New Hampshire: Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm Poll," Bloomberg, John McCormick, Arit John

400 likely Republican primary voters, 4.9 margin of error, telephone interviews

Named Ohio GOP Chair in 2013, Matt Borges plead guilty in 2004 in pay to play scandal:

5/14/12, "Matt Borges named Ohio Republican Party executive director," Cleveland Plain Dealer

"For Borges, the new job marks another step forward since he was embroiled in a pay-to-play scandal in 2004. He pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a public office for giving preferential treatment to certain brokers who contributed to Republican Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters’ re-election campaign. He paid a $1,000 fine. He later cleared his misdemeanor record when he was granted an expungement.

Borges was director of Kasich’s Inaugural Committee. He also headed the 2010 campaign of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

While working last year as government relations director of the law firm Roetzel and Andress, Borges told The Plain Dealer he has “worked extremely hard for the better part of a decade to regain trust” and would not do anything to jeopardize that as a lobbyist."...

Mr. Borges, you failed. To save yourself further embarrassment, leave now and find a new line of work away from politics:

11/23/15, At Trump rally in Columbus, Ohio Monday night, Ohio GOP Chair Borges said Trump's message doesn't fit his state. (Jenna Johnson twitter)

Borges served in 2012 as a Lead Advance Representative for Mitt Romney and obviously lost massively. As of May 24, 2012, Borges was Ohio GOP Exec. Director. In May, 2013 he was named Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. Borges is in no position to advise Trump or anyone on the topic of a Republican presidential candidate winning in Ohio. Borges' best ideas in 2012 gave Ohio to the democrats in a landslide and punished innocent people of Ohio. 

Source for Borges comment on Trump:


Romney completely disconnected in Ohio:

9/25/2012, "Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win," by Charles Babington and Kasie Hunt, Vandalia, Ohio

"Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead....But he's having mixed success with his chief target: white, working-class voters who are socially conservative and often have union backgrounds. A generation ago they were called "Reagan Democrats."...He is having trouble connecting with middle-class Ohioans."...


2012: "Ohio: Romney vs. Obama," Real Clear Politics


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