Although many things can be noted in this Plain Dealer piece on Ohio politics (including the anti-Republican prejudice), the most important thing is the poll that shows Ken Blackwell beating Jim Petro in the GOP primary for governor by 21%. That is about right. In my reading Petro canâ€™t get more than 35% of the vote. This will complicate things for the GOP establishment, most of whom have been in denial about Blackwellâ€™s popularity. Now, they will have to be quickly persuaded that the future of the GOP in Ohio depends on how well Blackwell does against Ted Strickland in November. Although the Strickland folks think it will be easier for him to run against Blakwell than Petro, they are wrong. Blackwell should win the general election in November with relative ease, I predict, and his popularity will pull the rest of the party with him, and will even help De Wine in his re-election to the U.S. Senate.