Republican Rob Portman enters the closing days of the Ohio Senate race with a lead of over 20 points on Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Portman, a former congressman and Bush administration official, with 57% of the vote to Fisher’s 33%. Just three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, but seven percent (7%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Link At stake is the seat held by retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich.
Two weeks ago, Portman posted a nearly identical 57% to 34% lead. Prior to that survey, the GOP candidate has led his Democratic opponent in nearly every survey since February with 42% to 51% of the vote. Fisher, a longtime political figure in the state, has picked up 37% to 43% support in that same period. The race was tied in May and early June, but Portman has been pulling away since then.
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The statewide survey of 750 Likely Voters in Ohio was conducted on October 26, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Additional data from this survey will be released at www.rasmussenreports.com/Ohio.
Republican challenger John Kasich holds a slim lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in the Ohio gubernatorial race.
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