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The race for U.S. Senate is close six months out from the election with just one point separating Sen. Rob Portman and his challenger former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, according to a new poll out this morning. Portman, a Republican, is running for re-election,...

Rob Portman, Ted Strickland locked in tight race for U.S. Senate, poll shows

The race for U.S. Senate is close six months out from the election with just one point separating Sen. Rob Portman and his challenger former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, according to a new poll out this morning. Portman, a Republican, is running for re-election,...

Rob Portman, Ted Strickland locked in tight race for U.S. Senate, poll shows

The race for U.S. Senate is close six months out from the election with just one point separating Sen. Rob Portman and his challenger former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, according to a new poll out this morning.

Portman, a Republican, is running for re-election, but has been struggling with name recognition in the state. Of the Ohio voters surveyed, 43 percent said they would vote for Strickland while 42 percent said they would vote for Portman, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Portman “might consider introducing himself to Ohioans. He is locked in a neck-and-neck re-election fight in which 42 percent of voters say they don't know enough about him to have an opinion. In fact, Democratic opponent Ted Strickland, a former governor is somewhat better known than is he," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

In the first head-to-head poll more than 13 months ago, Strickland was up 9 points on Portman. But in the last poll completed in February, that lead was down to 2 points.

As of a month ago, Portman had a big fundraising advantage with $13.5 million in the bank. Strickland had about $2 million available.

Portman said last week that he believes likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will actually help his campaign by bringing more and new Republicans to the polls. Portman is one of few top Ohio Republicans who have said they are supporting Trump. Many have said only that they will support whoever the GOP nominee is or said they are waiting to see if Trump changes before the endorse.

Portman has also has said he wants to allow the next president to nominate a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this year. But 56 percent of Ohio voters surveyed said the Senate should considered President Barack Obama's pick of Merrick Garland.

As for what his stance means to Portman when it comes to re-election, 15 percent said they were more likely to vote for him because of it while 27 percent said they were less likely to vote for him.

In other election news, both Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown seem to be liked in the state.

Both "look to be in good shape in their crucial home state if their respective presidential nominees want to turn their way for a running mate," Brown said.

"Gov. Kasich's job approval among Ohioans has slipped a bit from the low 60s to 58 percent, not surprising since running for president often does that to politicians who try to move up to higher office and fail. But he remains the most popular politician in the state. Democrat Sen. Brown's 46 percent approval rating isn't as good, but his name continues to pop up."

Both have been considered as running mates on their respective tickets and both said they are not interested.

Quinnipiac’s telephone poll (land-lines and cellphones) from April 27 through Saturday involved 1,042 registered Ohio voters and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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