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Hillary's Lead Doesn't Stop Rob Portman in Ohio

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Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The latest polls in Ohio give Hillary Clinton an edge over Donald Trump, but the same polls show Republican Sen. Rob Portman — once considered one of the more vulnerable targets for the Senate — now maintains a healthy lead over his Democratic opponent.

A Monmouth University Poll shows Clinton defeating Trump by a margin of 43-to-39 percent statewide. Similar results were found in the latest CBS News/Wall Street Journal poll, which showed Clinton beating Trump 46-to-40 percent.

But Monmouth also shows Portman leads former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland 48-to-40 percent statewide; a CBS/Wall Street Journal poll gave the senator a lead of 46-to-39 percent over Strickland.

“Many Republicans will be splitting their ticket as they desert Trump,” explained Herb Asher, political science professor at Ohio State University and a much-respected scholar of state politics. “But they remain loyal to GOP congressional candidates. So there are no coattails there.”

As to how Portman went from top target to re-election favorite in a short time, Portsmouth Ohio attorney Eddie Edwards told me: to "Several independent expenditures did such a good job by slamming Strickland with two or three negative television ads that Portman not only took the lead but did so by a healthy margin."

He specifically cited Portman spots reminded voters that “350,000 jobs were lost when Strickland was governor and that he has taken liberal stands on the coal and gun issues.”

Edwards, who has worked in numerous Republican campaigns and on Capitol Hill for GOP House members, pointed out to me that he decided to “leave the Republican Party after they nominated Donald Trump” and, under state election law, will be permitted to change his voter registration to independent next year.

Ohio is a crucial swing state — not just for its 18 electoral votes. Its history as a political bellwether is well-known: Since 1900, with only one exception, Ohio has picked the winner of the presidential race. (The exception was 1960, when Richard Nixon eked out Ohio’s electoral votes over John F. Kennedy.)

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.


 

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