Padgett loses support as poll favors Space
BY PAUL M.
KRAWZAK AND KYLE KONDIK
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
With less than a week of campaigning left,
Republican strategists are pulling
resources out of Ohio's 18th congressional
district race, as a new poll shows
Democrat Zack Space with a wide lead over
Republican Joy Padgett.
Both candidates made a pitch for
support from military veterans on
Wednesday, amid Republican attempts to
capitalize on comments by Sen. John Kerry,
D-Mass., which appeared to disparage the
intelligence of troops in Iraq.
An independent Zogby/Reuters poll
released Wednesday showed Space with a 53
percent to 33 percent lead over Padgett, a
state senator from Coshocton who won a
special election seven weeks ago to
replace convicted Republican Rep. Bob Ney
on the ballot. Also Wednesday, the
National Republican Congressional
Committee acknowledged it stopped running
television ads supporting Padgett in the
expensive Cleveland advertising market
this week. But committee spokesman Ed
Patru denied the GOP organization has
given up on Padgett.
"Not by any means," he said, adding
that the committee is still running at
least one ad for Padgett in a less costly
advertising market that reaches parts of
the sprawling district.
The race is one of the most watched in
the nation and could be critical in
determining which party controls Congress.
Both parties have poured millions of
dollars into the fight.
Both candidates reacted to remarks made
earlier in the week by Kerry, who told an
audience of college students in California
that if they studied hard, they could do
well, but if they did not, "you get stuck
"I don't know if I can put into words
how offended I am for our troops," Padgett
During a campaign stop in Zanesville,
Space called the remarks "out of line,
inappropriate, probably taken out of
" ... I'm obviously concerned about our
troops. I'm very concerned about putting
them in harm's way," he said.