|Data Shows Dem Oh-01 Voting Surge|
Democrats have also been showing up in greater numbers at the Hamilton County Board of Elections to cast ballots ahead of the polls opening on Nov. 2. Through Oct. 30, there were 3,674 Dem votes vs. 1,024 Republican. [UPDATE: 1:24pm -- At noon today, the board of elections reported the latest count at that downtown polling site, 3,828 D, 1,059 R. These are walk-in voters. The tide is still surging Dem on election eve.] Some suggest this is an indication that the Democrats' ground game has traction, and that the party's get-out-the-vote efforts are delivering results.
Still, polls (the few that have been disclosed) have shown Chabot leading, but the Republican has cautioned his supporters not to grow overconfident. Last week on his campaign blog, Chabot said "there is nothing certain in life" but sounded like he was pretty sure he was going to flush Driehaus. At the time, nobody was sure if the voting surge by Democrats would arrive. Everyone was talking about the enthusiasm gap. Here's Chabot:
"We're less than a week away from what could be one of the most momentous midterm elections in history. All indications are that the American people are chomping at the bit to change the direction the Obama Administration and the Pelosi/Reid Congress have been taking this nation. I believe we will win our race, and we'll once again be represented by someone who truly believes in less government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. However, there's nothing certain in life, and ultimately the voters of the First Congressional District have the final say, and they will deliver their verdict . . ."