The news has been filled in recent weeks with reports of polls showing big Republican leads in key races, across the country and also in Ohio. I posted about this a couple of weeks ago.
Polls for the Ted Strickland-John Kasich race for governor have become essentially even. For example, a CBS/New York Times poll shows Kasich ahead by only one percentage point.
Local Democrats at a Wednesday campaign event at Diana's Deli in Perkins Township told me that efforts have been stepped up to get the attention of their partisans.
Lynda Mobley, president of the North Coast Labor Council, said her people have been manning phone banks and will be visiting voters personally.
"We can only go to labor households. People are very receptive," she said.
Bob Warner, an official with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and a former Sandusky City Commissioner, said it's natural that people trying to make a living haven't tuned in to the election until recently.
"People weren't really paying attention until Labor Day," he said. "People have a life."
He said the union is trying to educate members that they can use absentee ballots.