COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman Saturday touted what he mentioned is an unmatched floor recreation for Ohio GOP Senate candidate Jane Timken days earlier than the main, arguing undecideds might flip the tide of the race.
“She’s received a secret weapon that nobody’s speaking about a lot within the media which is that she’s doing an unlimited quantity of grassroots,” Portman, R-Ohio, instructed Fox Information. “She has knocked on extra doorways – not personally, however her volunteers have, she’s knocked on a bunch of them herself – and made extra cellphone calls than all the opposite… campaigns mixed.”
That grassroots enthusiasm was on show on the Friday occasion Portman participated in at Timken’s marketing campaign headquarters in Columbus. Roughly 50 shut supporters, marketing campaign members and volunteers gathered for what resembled a pep rally, with enthusiastic speeches from Portman and Timken.
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“What time is it?” Portman shouted to the gang.
“Timken time,” they responded.
The occasion contrasted with rallies different candidates are holding throughout the state the place many citizens in attendance are undecided, seeking to hear from a candidate earlier than they make their resolution.
However in keeping with Timken, it is the voters who her marketing campaign reaches at their entrance doorways and over the cellphone who could put her excessive.
“We’re not stopping and I used to be out knocking doorways at present,” Timken instructed Fox Information. “We’re out throughout Ohio. We have talked to nearly 1.5 million Republican main voters knocking doorways and making cellphone calls… We’re gonna run via the tape until the polls shut on Could 3.”
Numbers again up the concept that there are lots of persuadable voters nonetheless on the market, in keeping with Portman.
“If you happen to take a look at the early voting in Ohio and the absentee voting, it is extraordinarily low this 12 months, which to me is a sign of two issues. One, we’ve got comparatively low turnout general. However second, lots of people are nonetheless questioning, you recognize, who they need to be for,” he mentioned. “I have never seen a ballot out that it did not have at the very least 25% undecided.”
A latest Fox Information Ballot discovered precisely 1 / 4 of voters undecided – greater than even the % of voters who favored Vance, who led in that survey.
Additionally going for her, Timken is backed by greater than 200 Ohio elected officers and has excessive profile nationwide GOP endorsements in Home GOP Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Senate GOP Convention Vice Chair Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
However, Timken faces a tall job if she’s going to win on this race.
She’s struggled to crack the highest three in most polls of the GOP race, with funding banker Mike Gibbons and former state Treasurer Josh Mandel main in latest months, with state Sen. Matt Dolan approaching currently. Timken’s marketing campaign additionally took a critical blow when former President Donald Trump, whose endorsement she aggressively courted, picked opponent J.D. Vance as a substitute, catapulting him to the drivers seat of the race.
Timken and different non-Vance candidates argue that the majority Ohio voters are nonetheless suspicious of Vance, who was extremely essential of Trump in 2016, regardless of the endorsement.
“They’re skeptical. We see it day-after-day. I hear from voters day-after-day,” Timken mentioned of what she hears from voters about Vance. “Clearly J.D. Vance not solely mentioned some derogatory feedback about President Trump however extra importantly he mentioned derogatory feedback in regards to the Trump voter.”
And along with her sprawling workforce of volunteers, whose T-shirts are emblazoned with Trump’s identify in addition to hers, Timken says she will be able to nonetheless come out on high on main night time.
“I performed rugby in faculty. No pads, no helmets and many mud. I am prepared for Washington D.C., and I am able to sort out the Democrats. So lets’ go win this and with all your assist we are going to,” Timken mentioned.
Fox Information’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.