This also has to do with a lack of crystal balls -- Gingrich and Santorum were relatively minor candidates back when they had to do the legwork necessary to get on the ballot. They didn't know that they'd be two of the last ones standing.
They still should have taken care of it of course, but I think it's as much a testament to the topsy-turviness of the race as anything else.
Meanwhile, a Mitt update (and that's what his own campaign calls him -- "Rally with Mitt" etc.):
Still no response re: events or an interpreter. I checked the website as I was directed in the first email (before I mentioned the need for an interpreter), and there is now an event in Zanesville tomorrow evening (6-7), which is in the vicinity but more than an hour away. With no promise of an interpreter, I'm not really willing to drive that far.
I will find it somewhat interesting if there end up being no events in Columbus proper before Tuesday -- that suggests either writing off or overconfidence. Or maybe just plain being stretched too thin.
Additionally, Mayor Coleman (Columbus Mayor) is very pro-Obama. He was one of the earliest mayoral endorsements in 2008.
Just checked the Santorum website, also no events scheduled in Columbus.
Checked Newt, nope. (Many more events listed than Santorum's site, but mostly in the south.)
No Ron Paul either.
Wonder if Kasich's lack of popularity has something to do with this?
Ohio has a Republican governor, which would seem to be a good thing -- we had a Democratic governor in 2008 and he (Ted Strickland) did a lot to help Obama. But Kasich is wildly unpopular and maybe the Republican candidates aren't that eager for his help.
The 2008 Ohio primary was March 4th; I found Obama's schedule in the week before that:
Sunday, March 2, 2008
9:45 a.m., Meeting in Nelsonville, OH.
Noon, Town Hall in Westerville, OH.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
8 p.m., Town Hall in Parma, OH.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
9:30 a.m., Appearance in Canton, OH.
Noon, Meeting in Zanesville, OH.
4 p.m., Appearance in Athens, OH.
7 p.m., Appearance in Chillicothe, OH.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
8:30 a.m., Rally in Columbus, OH.
2:50 p.m., Appearance in Warren, OH.
5:40 p.m., Appearance in Akron, OH.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
9 p.m., Debate in Cleveland, OH.
Monday, February 25, 2008
9:30 a.m., Rally in Cincinnati, OH.
10:30 a.m., Meeting in Cincinnati, OH.
4:30 p.m., Rally in Dayton, OH.
(Events go back to February 17th, that's just the week before the primary.)
Obama lost the state primary to Hillary, but won Ohio in the general election.