In Ohio, after his national party leaders abandoned his campaign amid numerous daunting polls and a massive fundraising and enthusiasm disadvantage, failed jobs czar Lee Fisher throws in the towel. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
As of two weeks ago, Lee Fisher’s campaign for U.S. Senate was down to $308,631 in its bank account. Sums like that don’t last long and replenishing it is a challenge when a candidate lags in the polls. So Fisher apparently decided to put it to good use. He has given $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its final, aggressive get-out-the-vote drive. This is according to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, but the Fisher campaign confirms the donation and says it indeed came from Fisher’s campaign account.
And the Columbus Dispatch notes that Fisher’s gift suggests he’s giving up:
Although he insists he is soldiering on through Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher essentially drained his campaign treasury yesterday by giving $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party. Fisher, campaigning in Columbus last night, told The Dispatch he made the move because “I believe it’s important to focus on the ground game. A good ground game helps everyone, including me.” Down close to 20 points in many polls to Republican Rob Portman, Fisher has been written off for weeks, even by many loyal Democrats. Sen. Sherrod Brown essentially said Fisher was throwing in the towel.