The Democratic Party primary in Ohio takes place on March 4, 2008.

It is likely that the Democratic nominee will be known at the end of the day on February 5, if not sooner. On February 5 many states will vote and therefore thousands of delegates to the nominating convention will be chosen. By March 4 when Ohio Democrats vote, the nominee will likely be known. This does not mean that Ohio has been forgotten or is being ignored.

We have confirmed that the Hillary Clinton campaign has already started sending mailings to Ohio residents. Hillary, to whom many newly elected Democrats owe their election, has a strong Ohio operation. Hillary already has a strong supporter in Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, the most influential African-American leader in Ohio at the national level. Newly elected Governor Strickland had decided in 2005 not to run for Governor. After a phone call from Hillary now Governor Strickland changed his mind and ran for Governor. Hillary also helped put Strickland over the top in 1996 when she campaigned for Strickland at the end of his congressional campaign. We can expect many Democrats to support Hillary. What is surprising is how early the campaign is gearing up in the crucial state of Ohio.

We have also confirmed that Barack Obama has started phone banking operations in Ohio. His supporters are already calling Ohio residents in an attempt to keep Ohio in play even though Hillary is leading in the polls in Ohio.

Although we have not been told of any activity by the Edwards campaign rumors have circulated in Ohio that the Democratic Party Chairman might run the Edwards campaign in Ohio.

On June 10, 2007 President Bill Clinton will address the graduates at Ohio State University’s commencement ceremonies. Tens of thousands of graduates and guests will hear the former president speak. No tickets are required to attend this event.  If you are in central Ohio on June 10, 2007, go cheer a wonderful president. 

Check out the Ohio State website for more information on this event. Here are some of the details:

“Commencement at Ohio State is a festive and joyous occasion at which family and guests are welcome. The following information is provided to answer questions about the ceremony and to help you prepare for the day.”

“Spring Commencement is Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. The ceremony will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. No tickets are required.”

“Ohio Stadium opens at 11:00 a.m. commencement morning. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ohio Stadium provides easy access for guests with permanent or temporary disablities. Seating for those guests is located at entry level and throughout the stadium. Guests in wheelchairs, as well as those unable to climb stairs, and one companion are permitted in these areas. Please contact the Office of Commencement and Special Events at (614) 292-9051 by June 1 for further information.”