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Politico Covers Yost vs. Morgan

May 4, 2010 at 10:25 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From The Politico:

Why the state auditor’s race matters

The most fascinating primary is for one of the most obscure offices—state auditor. In that contest, a messy Republican battle has morphed into a proxy fight for the soul of the GOP and a window into the electoral strength of the tea party movement in Ohio.

In an effort to help former Sen. Mike DeWine get the nomination, the state GOP establishment maneuvered Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney David Yost out of the race for attorney general and into the auditor’s contest. But that deal didn’t sit well with tea party activists that had previously supported Yost; the movement largely bucked him after he got the state GOP’s official imprimatur for auditor.

Instead, grassroots conservatives switched sides and went to Seth Morgan, a CPA who is counting on huge turnout in Southwest Ohio, the reddest part of the state.

“It’s been kind of hard to get a read on what turnout will be like,” Morgan said. “If the tea parties do turn out in any sense, then I think we’ll be victorious.”

Yost, meanwhile, touts his endorsement from Kenneth Blackwell, the 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee and a tea party and conservative favorite.

Ken Blackwell felt that his endorsement of Yost for Attorney General should transfer to the race for auditor. That’s fine, but considering the dynamics of this race, no political observer could deny that Seth Morgan is the outsider,Blackwell-like candidate. In fact, if he wins tonight, Seth Morgan will remain in his home with family… far away from the Ohio GOP’s election night party in downtown Columbus.

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