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Kershaw named Ohio press secretary for Obama 2012

September 15, 2011

Jessica Kershaw, US Representative David Cicilline’s former spokeswoman, has gotten the nod as President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman in the fiercely contested battleground state of Ohio.

When Obama won Ohio in 2008, beating John McCain on a 51 percent-47 percent margin, he became the first Democrat to win the Buckeye State since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Kershaw’s departure from her job with Cicilline was first reported by Ted Nesi. She’s a native of Wellington, Ohio, a community outside of Cleveland.

J.B. Poersch, a former high-level staffer for US Senator Jack Reed, is very familiar with Ohio since he ran campaigns there for Al Gore in 2000 and John F. Kerry in 2004.

Poersch, now a managing director at SKDKnickerbocker, disputes the idea that Ohio is a tough state for Democrats.

“It’s a competititve place,” Poersch says, a state that resembles much of America and one “where the rubber meets the road.” It’s also costly because of its size and a large number of media markets.

Poersch says he expects Ohio to be a competitive state for Obama next year.

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