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John Kasich Catches Fire. (In the Good Way.)

Whoa:

Republican John Kasich now holds an eight-point lead over incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland in the race for governor of Ohio, shifting the state from a Toss-Up to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Kasich earns 48 percent of the vote, while Strickland picks up 40 percent support in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. Two weeks ago, Kasich was barely ahead 45 percent to 42 percent, but the race has been close for months . . . When leaners are included in the new totals, Kasich’s lead grows to 10 points. With the leaners, 52 percent favor Kasich, and 42 percent are for Strickland.

And next door in Pennsylvania:

Republican Tom Corbett remains ahead in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial contest with his support still hovering around 50 percent. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds Corbett earning 48 percent of the vote, while his Democratic challenger, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, earns 38 percent support. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided. Last month, Corbett, the state’s attorney general, led Onorato by a 50% to 39% margin . . . When leaners are included in the new totals, Corbett’s lead grows to 11 points. With the leaners, 50% favor Corbett and 39% Onorato.

There are a lot of key House races in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where vulnerable Democrat incumbents will be looking for help from the top of the ticket. Look elsewhere, guys.

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