Voters soundly defeated Issue 2, which would have taken collective bargaining rights from public workers, in November, after a campaign that built capacity in the state for unions and the Democratic party and drew a strong bipartisan vote against a signature Republican issue:
"I am socially conservative, I am a registered Republican voter and voted a strict Republican ticket in 2010 - but I am voting with Democrats in '12," said Brian Barnhart, 33, a lieutenant with the Columbus fire department.If the Issue 2 fight is likely to hurt Republicans in the general election, it's also probably not doing Mitt Romney any favors today; back in October, he angered some conservatives by visiting a Republican phone bank on Issue 2 and another ballot measure opposing health care reform, then saying "I’m not saying anything one way or the other about the two ballot issues ... But I am supportive of the Republican party’s efforts here," when he'd already formally endorsed the Republicans' Issue 2 effort months before. Add that to his many affirmations that he would have let the auto industry go bankrupt, as the revived auto industry adds jobs in Ohio, and it's no wonder he's not walking away with this thing.
"The main reason is the attacks on workers that I have been seeing with the Republican Party," he said.