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Quinnipiac: GOP’s Kasich Leads Strickland in Ohio, 50-41


Quinnipiac ruins the narrative that Ted Strickland is making a dramatic comeback:

Republican John Kasich holds a 50 – 41 percent lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland among likely voters in the race for Ohio governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.  This is down from a 54 – 37 percent Kasich lead September 16.

President Barack Obama’s trips to Ohio to campaign for Democrats have not been helpful in attracting voters to Gov. Strickland, as only 14 percent of likely voters overall and just 6 percent of independent voters say the president’s visits make them more likely to vote for the Democrat, the independent Quinnipiac University survey finds.  In all, 33 percent of likely voters and 39 percent of independent likely voters say an Obama visit made it less likely they would vote for Strickland.

The two candidates are holding onto their party faithful, with Kasich getting 88 percent of Republicans and Strickland getting 86 percent of Democrats.  But Kasich’s 62 – 29 percent lead among independent voters is responsible for his overall lead.  

Tags: John Kasich , Ted Strickland


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