Poll Shows Gubernatorial Race Is A Dead Heat

Jun 14, 2018

Rich Cordray (L) and Mike DeWine
Credit Ohio Public Radio

A new statewide poll shows the gubernatorial race is currently a tie. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The Quinnipiac Poll shows 42 percent of registered voters surveyed say they would vote for Democrat Richard Cordray if the election were held today. Forty percent would vote for Republican Mike DeWine. Pollster Peter Brown says that means the race is too close to call.

 “They’re even in that the Democrat gets the same amount of Democratic votes as the Republican gets of Republican votes. And they are also right down the middle with independents. This is a close race and it’s obviously going to go right down the middle to the finish line.”

The poll also shows Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown with a 17 point lead over Jim Renacci in the US Senate race. And it shows more than half disapprove of President Trump's job performance. But the poll shows just over half of voters also don’t want Governor John Kasich to run for president in 2020 – with nearly three quarters of Republicans saying he shouldn’t, and 52 percent of Democrats saying he should.