Issue One Supporters Might Back Hagan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of Issue One on the statewide ballot next month say that they might switch their attention -- and campaign cash -- to defeating Republican Gov. Bob Taft.

They blame Taft for the apparent failure of Issue One to gain support among Ohio voters. Polls show that the issue -- which would require Ohio judges to offer treatment rather then jail to certain drug offenders -- will go down on Nov. 5.

So the Ohio Campaign for New Drug Policies, which backs Issue One, says that it might shift its television advertising money, which amounts to approximately $1.5 million, to support the gubernatorial candidacy of Democrat Tim Hagan (pictured, above).

The man who heads the group, Bill Zimmerman, says that a decision will be made after Tuesday night's Taft-Hagan debate.

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