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Latest Poll Shows Growing Lead For Portman In U.S. Senate Race

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The latest poll in the race for one of Ohio's U.S. Senate seats shows Rob Portman with a solid lead Democratic challenger Ted Strickland.

The independent poll of Ohio voters by Quinnipiac University gives the Republican Portman a 47 to 40 percent lead over the former Democratic governor.

The two were tied in a Quinnipiac poll less than a month ago.

More results from the poll:

  • Gender and racial gaps are wider in Ohio as men back Portman 55 - 35 percent, while women back Strickland 46 - 41 percent. White voters go Republican 52 - 37 percent, while non-white voters go Democratic 59 - 23 percent. 
  • Independent voters back Portman 49 - 39 percent. 
  • Ohio voters approve 46 - 35 percent of the job Portman is doing and give him a 40 - 32 percent favorability rating. 
  • Strickland gets a slightly negative 38 - 42 percent favorability rating. 
  • Voters approve 48 - 30 of the job Sen. Sherrod Brown is doing and approve 58 - 32 percent of the job Gov. John Kasich is doing.