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Dayton News/Ohio Newspaper Poll--Ohio Governor--Kasich (R) 49% Strickland (D) 47%
Edited on Sat Oct-23-10 10:52 PM by book_worm
COLUMBUS Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland and Republican John Kasich are in a neck-and-neck scramble in the governors race heading into the final week of campaigning, according to a new Dayton Daily News/Ohio Newspaper poll.

Their support is roughly even among likely voters: Kasich, 
49 percent; Strickland, 47 percent, with 5 percent undecided or backing another candidate.

The results are within the polls 3.3 percent margin of error and show a slight tightening of the race since the most recent Ohio Newspaper Poll was released Sept. 27. In that poll, Kasich led by four percentage points.

The Daily News and the seven other largest newspapers in Ohio commissioned the polls to examine voter attitudes in the final weeks of an election widely seen as critical to Ohios future.

In contrast to the tight governors race, the U.S. Senate race appears to be a blowout, with Republican Rob Portman, the former Cincinnati-area congressman who was budget director and U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush, leading Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, 58-39 percent. Portman led in the earlier poll 55-40 percent.

With the race so close, the winner will be determined by which side does a better job of getting out the vote, said Eric Rademacher, co-director of the University of Cincinnatis Institute for Policy Research, which did the poll for the newspapers. And on the enthusiasm quotient, he said, Kasich appears to have an edge.

Its a close race, but the dynamics, especially the advantage the Republicans have in turnout, still favor Kasich, said Rademacher.

I love that last quote "the advantage the republicans have in turnout" yet, according to early voting in Ohio it's Democrats who have been turning out in bigger numbers than the republicans. If they are so excited about voting--why are they waiting?
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