I wasn’t able to be on-hand for last night’s final debate between Ohio Senate candidates Rob Portman and Lee Fisher. However, judging by the latest Rasmussen poll, it was a pointless exercise anyway. Fisher is down…wait for it…23 points. It’s over. Pack your things. Go home:
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.