In an e-mail to potential campaign volunteers, [Democratic Ohio Senate nominee Lee] Fisher’s field director, Beth Sebian, wrote
And since Senator Franken relied on a groundswell of grassroots support to get elected, he knows firsthand how important the ground game is. We are committed to developing the same grassroots support for Lee in Ohio, but we need your help.
Groundswell of grassroots support? Where are you living, Beth?
Franken’s ground game consisted in raising $21 million dollars, $2 million more than his opponent, securing the votes of the formerly living as well as the formerly incarcerated, counting the rejected absentee ballots in Democratic counties (but not Republican ones) and clinging to Obama’s coattails in a presidential election year. Still, he ran 12 points between the Democratic presidential nominee in a Democratic year in a Democratic State, barely edging out his Republican opponent.
Just going by 2008 numbers, that means Fisher would get 40% in Ohio. But Obama’s popularity in the Buckeye State has slipped since then. And Fisher’s opponent Rob Portman has outraised the Democrat by 9-to-1.
(H/t: National Review’s Battle ’10.)