This has certainly worked to Blackwell's advantage:
If a new poll on the Ohio governor's race is accurate, there's not much of a race left.
The poll has Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland leading Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell by 27 points.
Released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, the poll shows Strickland leading Blackwell 59 percent to 32 percent, with less than three weeks to go before Election Day.
The poll -- which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent -- shows that 9 percent of voters are undecided and 13 percent say they might change their minds before Nov. 7.
And to top it off, Blackwell makes Rick Santorm look popular in comparison:
The poll spells even bigger trouble for Blackwell when it comes to his unfavorable rating. Only 25 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of him, while 39 percent said their opinion was unfavorable, and 20 percent had mixed reactions.
``A candidate can't win an election if more voters view him unfavorably than favorably,'' Brown said. ``Ken Blackwell's problem isn't that voters don't think they know enough about him. His problem is they think they do, and don't like him.''
Slowly but surely, the GOP is turning Ohio into Illinois, former GOP strongholds blue.
What next Indiana?