When the most recent unemployment numbers came out for Ohio, I noticed something downright frightening.
14 of Ohio's 88 counties have unemployment rates over 15%.
Guess how many of those counties voted for Ted Strickland in 2006?
While the number of voters in these counties may not exactly be high relative to Ohio's total voting population, only around 230,000, it's clear that these voters will be highly vulnerable to increased attention by the Kasich campaign.
Make no mistake, despite Strickland's plummeting numbers, 2010 will still be a very close race. Each county matters. Every vote matters.
And Strickland's failure to "TurnAround Ohio" will be especially evident among this important 6%.