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Ohio Senate: Portman (R) Leaps To Commanding Lead Over Fisher (D)

Republican Rob Portman has now jumped to a 23-point lead over Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Ohio shows Portman, a former congressman and Bush administration official, earning 57% support, his best showing in the race to date. Fisher claims just 34% support, a new low, while two percent (2%) prefer another candidate and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This race now shifts from Leans Republican to Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Two weeks ago, Portman crossed the 50% mark for the first time to lead Fisher 51% to 42%. Prior to that survey, the GOP candidate has led his Democratic opponent in nearly every survey since February with 42% to 49% of the vote. Fisher in that same period has picked up 37% to 43% support.

The candidates held their first debate last week and will debate again tonight.

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The statewide survey of 750 Likely Voters in Ohio was conducted on October 11, 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.

Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers from the Ohio governor’s race later this week.

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