It is never easy to lose, but we can learn quite a bit from those races and candidates who just don't make it this time. Is there really a split in the Democratic party? What messages are working? Is this Blue Wave really going to happen? In this episode, we asked these questions to two campaigns that worked hard, but fell short of the nomination. First we talked to Rachel Coyle, who was the communications director for Sen. Joe Schiavoni's run for Ohio Governor, and then we talked with Councilman Tom Bullock, who ran for a seat in the Ohio State House. Each had a different experience in their fight, but both are still optimistic of what is coming in November.
David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, takes us through his reading of the Ohio primary numbers and explains how Democrats have narrowed the gap on Republicans while facing a machine that has controlled the state for years. While we all agree there's more to do, David tries to set us straight on why Democrats are in a better position than ever in Ohio.
Ohio’s primary turnout numbers show that Republicans beat Democrats by over ten points. But how can that be? This is supposed to be the year of the Blue Wave! Democrats are supposed to be more energized that ever before! But in many states, including Ohio, the Republican turnout machine is in good order while Democrats can't even beat the numbers from 2010. Join us in taking a look at these numbers and help us debate what needs to be done next.