In Ohio, Voter Suppression Gives Way to Candidate Suppression


In Virginia’s recent gubernatorial election, the candidates were so uniformly unappealing to many Virginia voters that one can make the case that very little should be deduced from the results. Still, among many commentators on the Far Right, the effort to explain Cuccinelli’s defeat as anything but a reaction against his political positions has led to the following case being made: the major reason that Cuccinelli, lost was not that his Far-Right political views on social issues alienated the progressive voters of the rapidly growing northern counties of the state but that the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, siphoned off a significant portion of the vote that almost certainly would have gone to Cuccinelli if it had been a two-party race. In the end, the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, did win with 47.8% of the vote, Cuccinelli received 45.2% of the vote, and Sarvis received 6.5% of the vote. So simply…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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