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Poll: Portman Leads Strickland By 17 Points Among Likely Ohio Voters

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has a commanding lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The latest Quinnipiac Swing State Poll shows Portman leading Strickland 55% to 38%
among likely Ohio voters. That 17 point gap has grown from last month, when
Quinnipiac showed Portman leading by 11 points. Nearly all Republicans say they
prefer Portman, and while 8 in 10 Democrats back Strickland, 15% say they're not
supporting their party's nominee. Portman leads with men and women, and he leads
with independents by nearly 20 points. Poll Director Peter Brown says it would take
a collapse of historic proportions for Portman to lose to Strickland. Portman has
outraised Strickland, and groups that support Portman have outspent Strickland four
to one in advertising.

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